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Civil Rights Lawsuit involving 2 Center PD Officers


 

The Center Police have had a civil rights lawsuit filled against two of the officers, with allegations of the use of excessive force during the course of an arrest. 
 
 
 

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Harvey is Finally Leaving Us


 

 

 

 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative - Outage Update


 

As of 8:30 AM 8-31-17 , Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,301 outages.
 
 
 
Panola County: 1 meter out
 
Shelby County: 226
 
Nacogdoches County: 51
 
San Augustine County: 480
 
Sabine County: 774
 
Jasper County: 100
 
Newton County: 1,546
 
 
 
Overnight flash flood warnings and road closures greatly slowed work.  Today, as flood waters recede, crews are diligently working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
 
 
 
DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.
 
Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines.
 
 
 
* 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.
 
* Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.
 
* Monitor local weather conditions.
 
* Follow warnings from local authorities. If you must travel, check drivetexas.org<http://drivetexas.org>, for road closures and hazard information.
 
Please report outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986
 

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Organizations Closed Today 8/31/17 - UPDATED


 

UPDATED:

 

Senior Citizen Center located off loop 500 in Center is closed today.
 
Harvest for Homes Food Pantry is cancelled. 
 
Shelby County Outreach Ministries is open today.
 
 
 

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School Weather Schedules


 

School Schedules 8-31-17

 

 

San Augustine ISD will be closed today.

 

 

Center ISD will have a late start Thursday 8/31/17. Classes will begin at 9:15 a.m.  All staff will report at 9 a.m. Buses will run 1 - 1.5 hours later than normal.

 

 
Timpson ISD will start at 9 a.m.
 
 
Shelbyville ISD will start at 9 a.m and will release early at 1 p.m.
 
 
Tenaha ISD has not reported a change in schedule.
 
 
Joaquin ISD has not reported a change in schedule.
 
 
 
 

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Flash Flood Warning


 

 
* Flash Flood Warning for...
Shelby County in eastern Texas...
San Augustine County in eastern Texas...
Sabine County in eastern Texas...
 
* Until 11:45 PM CDT
 
* At 7:51 PM CDT, local law enforcement reported moderate to heavy
rain continues to fall across the warned area. Widespread rainfall
amounts of three to in excess of ten inches has already fallen
across the warned area, with the higher totals across San
Augustine and Sabine Counties. Numerous roads are flooded and
closed, with flash flooding expected to continue through the
remainder of the evening.
 
* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Center, Milam, San Augustine, Logansport, Hemphill, Tenaha,
Pineland, Joaquin, Browndell, Patroon, Bland Lake, Neuville,
Rosevine, Macune, Shelbyville, Huxley, Broaddus, Jericho, Stockman
and Bronson.
 
Additional rainfall amounts of a half inch to an inch, with isolated
higher amounts, are possible in the warned area through 11:45 PM.
 
 

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Emergency Blood Drive at Gaddy's Medical This Friday


 

Gaddy's Medical in Center will be hosting a blood drive for gulf coast reginal this Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

 

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San Augustine Disaster Declaration


 

Disaster Declaration was made for the County at 9:30 this morning.
 
Also the south part of the County has established s shelter in the First
?B?aptish Church in Broaddus and is in need of assistance...food clothes
bedding
 

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Rain Totals & Weather Update


 

County Commissioners and other County officials are currently out
assessing damage, taking pictures for the Disaster Declaration, and
assisting movement of people located in low lying areas and closed roads
areas to the Broaddus First Baptist Church Shelter that is on high ground. 
 
*The shelter is in need of food, water, clothing, bedding, and I am sure
that they will need what ever assistance you can provide to get thru this
emergency that has developed in the Southern section of our County. Call
 Mayor Shirley Parker, the Church, or the County Judge's office
(936-275-2762) to see how you can help.*
 
*RAIN TOTALS A/O Noon*
*North Co* - 1.37 today & 5.31 for storm. 3 roads blocked and out of service
*SA* - 3.54 today & 8.34 storm
*Goodwin* - 3.15 today & 11.85 storm
*Broaddus* - 5.61 today & 15.52 storm
*Bronson* 8.7 today & 13.56 storm
*Jasper* 6.59 & 25.73 storm
*Toledo Bend* 3.24 & 10.34 storm
 
And still raining moderate to heavy especially in Southern SA County. here
in SA pretty steady rain at 1 to 3.22 inches per hour.
 

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Panola Closing Early


 

Panola College announces evening classes at Shelby College Center and
Shelby Regional Training Center will be canceled tonight with both sites
closing at 5 pm today. We also stress that students should not put their
life in jeopardy driving to ANY Panola College campus. If water is covering
the road, turn around and do not drive through it.
 
 

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Power Outages


 

As of 12 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,323 outages as Tropical Storm Harvey moves through the area.
 
 
Shelby County: 30 meters out
 
Nacogdoches County: 575
 
San Augustine County: 372
 
Sabine County: 1,896
 
Jasper County: 3
 
Newton County: 350
 
 
 
DETEC crews and contractors are working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.  Due to rising flood waters and road closures, outage restoration work is extremely slowed.
 
 
 
DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.
 
Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines.
 
 
 
* 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.
 
* Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.
 
* Monitor local weather conditions.
 
* Follow warnings from local authorities. If you must travel, check drivetexas.org<http://drivetexas.org>, for road closures and hazard information.
 
Please report outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986
 

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Wreck on HWY 96 - UPDATE


 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Early Release


Shelbyville ISD will release early today, Aug. 30 and tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 31 at 1:00 pm as a precaution due to weather conditions. Classes will start at 9am tomorrow Aug. 31. 

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Weather Update


 

An outer band of heavy rain, wind, embedded T-storms, and dangerous
lightning is moving into San Augustine County. Bronson has caught 5.5+
inches of rain this morning with most of that coming with the next outer
band headed our way. The lights are beginning to flicker on occasion. Not
unexpected with saturated ground and winds steady at 10 with gusts to
22...trees falling will cause some interruptions in services.
 
 

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San Augustine ISD Cancelled - UPDATED


 

No school at San Augustine ISD today 8/30/17. 

 

San Augustine ISD will also be closed tommorrow 8/31/17.

 

Shelbyville ISD will be closing early today & tommorrow at 1:00 p.m.

 

Shelby County School are set to open tomorrow 8/31/17 but stay tuned as that is subject to change due to weather.

 

 

 

 

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Flood Warning


 

 
The Flood Warning continues for the ?Ayish ?Bayou near San Augustine. 
From Wednesday evening to late Saturday night...or until the warning is
cancelled.
 
* At 2:15 PM Tuesday the stage was 10.9 feet. * Minor flooding
is forecast.
 
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet. * Forecast...rise above flood
stage by tomorrow evening and continue to rise to near 13.8 feet by early
 
Friday morning. The river will fall below flood stage by Saturday morning.
 
* Impact...at 14.0 feet...lowland flooding will slowly decrease during the
next few days.*
 
The Flood Warning also continues for the Attoyac Bayou near Chireno. 
Until further notice...or until the warning is cancelled.
 
* At 1:30 PM Tuesday the stage was 12.6 feet. 
 
* Minor flooding is forecast. * Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
 
*Forecast...rise above flood stage by after midnight
tomorrow and continue to rise to near 18.0 feet by early Saturday morning. 
 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries is Closing Due to Weather


 

Due to the impending weather heading our way, Shelby County Outreach
Ministries, Inc. will close at 1:00 pm Wednesday and will be closed all day
on Thursday. Weather permitting, we will resume regular office hours on
Friday from 9 am to 2 pm.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you and your family. We
pray that everyone stays safe and may God Bless you.
 

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Weather Update


 

*It's not over until it's over. We are in the lesser severe outer bands,
yet we have sustained winds of 8-10 mph with the highest gust so far to 21
mph. We have put 1.26 inches in our gauges since mid night here in San
Augustine. The severe portion extends through our Jasper//Newton neighbors
just to our South. *
 
*BE AWARE THESE RAINBANDS WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT TODAY!!! The forecast is
that we will get 5+ inches of rain between now and 5 am tomorrow when it
should all be out of here except for the clouds.*
 
*We will have several periods of light rain and  less wind, but that will
just be lulls in the storm with heavier bands coming until Harvey moves
further inland and stops pulling Gulf moisture into the storm.*
 
 
*Currently just South of  Beaumont, Texas between there and Lake
Charles La.  It looks like landfall will NOT be until Noon today East of
Lake Charles (50mph winds)on a course toward Alexandria, La by mid night
tonight. Headed toward Jackson, Mississippi then toward Memphis, Tennessee
tomorrow.*
 
 
*We are and will continue to get the wrap around rain and winds. Just NOT
like the SE portion and Coastal areas of Texas//Louisiana.*
 
*So far: A/O 5:15am*
 
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*?North 1.51 inches *
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*SA 1.31 *
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*Goodwin 1.36 *
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*Broaddus 1.03 ? *
 

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KQBB Exclusive Interview: Frank Ball


 

 

 

 

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The Senior Nutrition Site will be Closed Due to Rain


 

The Senior Center in Center located at 3580 Loop 500 will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to rain.  They will reopen on Friday.  For more information contact them at 936-598-7768.

 

 

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Holiday Inn in Center is Taking Evacuees


 

 

 

We will be doing updates from the other hotels in the area aswell so stay tuned. 

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List of Confirmed Hotels that will take Evacuees


 

List of Hotels in Center that will take Evacuees:

 

Americas Best Value Inn 936-598-3384
 
Hampton Inn & Suites 936-598-4447
 
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 936-591-8101
 
Sleep Inn & Suites       936-590-9090
 
Super 8                        936-598-9420
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Precinct 3 is Giving out Sand Bags


 

Shelby County Precinct 3 will be handing out sand bags there barn is located at 200 Childers off of highway 7 next to the bus barn at Joaquin ISD this is for precinct 3 residents. For more information contact them at: 936-269-3997.
 
 
 
 
 

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Football Schedules - UPDATED


 

In Rider Land
The Center Roughriders will take on the Rusk Eagles Friday in Rusk at 7:30 p.m. it will be broadcast on KDET 930 am and KXXE 92.5 fm.
 
In Tiger Land
The Tenaha Tigers will take on the Joaquin Rams in Tenaha this Friday at 7:30 p.m. it will be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 fm with the legendary Don Wall.
 
In the Bears Den
The Timpson Bears will take on the West Sabine Tigers in Shelbyville at 12 noon. this Saturday. 
 
In the Dragon's Lair
The Shelbyville Dragons will take on the Elkhart Elks an away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
In the Dog House
The Garrison Bulldogs will take on TK Gorman an away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
Be sure to tune in Tuesday Nights to the Don Wall Coaches show on KQBB 100.5 FM.
 

 

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No livestock auction in Center this Wednesday


 

The Center livestock auction will be closed this Wednesday 8/30/17.  For more information contact them at 936-598-4395.  
 
 
 
 

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Radio News 8-29-17 Local Harvey Relief Efforts


 

 

 

 

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Body Found in River


 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Sunday, August 27, 2017 Shelby County Sheriff's Communications Division received a call at approximately 06:42 A.M. of a body floating in the Sabine River. The call was transferred from DeSoto Parish and they had lost contact with the caller. SCSO Communications was able to regain contact with the caller. Responding from SCSO was Sheriff Blackwell, Deputy Renfro and Investigator Birdwell along with Constable Pct. 3 Cheatwood. TPWD Game Warden Austin Cryer also responded.
 
Upon arrival of SCSO personnel, the victim had gotten in the current and was traveling downstream. The victim was originally located between the US 84 bridge and Lovick's Landing.  Upon getting the victim to shore, the victim was only known as being a black female and no identification was located on her person.
 
Desoto Parish Fire/Rescue along with two Desoto Parish Deputies arrived on scene via water to provide assistance. Shortly after DeSoto Parish Sheriff Arbuckle and three investigators arrived as well. One of the deputies thought he recognized the victim as someone from Logansport. Sheriff Arbuckle took a picture of the victim and sent it for identification. The victim was later identified as Sophia Young Davis, 48 of Keatchie, Louisiana. It is believed she had been staying in the Logansport area recently.
 
The inquest was performed by Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Margie Anderson. Davis was taken from the scene by Watson and Sons Funeral Home personnel for transport to East Texas Forensics in Tyler for an autopsy.

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Mail Disruption Due to Storm


 

Tropical Storm Harvey has stalled over southeast Texas where extreme rainfall has caused catastrophic flooding across the Houston metro area. Days of drenching downpours are ahead, along with the potential for tornadoes and lingering coastal flooding. New mandatory and voluntary evacuations have been ordered southwest of downtown Houston.
 
Postal operations have been impacted in the region. Check “Service disruption alerts” or “Is my Post Office open” under “Residential customers” below for the latest information.
 
 
 
 

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Governor Abbott Visits Coastal Bend Region And Surveys Storm Damage Left By Hurricane Harvey


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott visited the Coastal Bend region where he received a briefing and gave an update on Hurricane Harvey.The Governor then toured the region speaking with Texans impacted by the storm and surveying the extensive damagein the areas affected by Harvey. During his visit,the Governor was inspired by the resilience andbravery of the communities in that region, and he reaffirmed Texas'commitment to doing everything possible to help people rebuild and recover. 
 
"A Texas-sized storm requires a Texas-sized response, and that is exactly what the state will provide," said Governor Abbott. "While we have suffered a great deal, the resiliency and bravery of Texan's spirits is something that can never be broken.As communitiesare comeing together in the aftermath of this storm,I will do everything in my power to make sure they have what they need to rebuild."
 
"While this is still a dangerous situation with a long response effort ahead, the state and people of Texas are resilient," said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. "FEMA was here before the storm hit, and we will be here as long as needed, actively coordinating the full resources of the federal government, to support Governor Abbott and the state."
 
Senator John Cornyn also joined the Governor on the ground today to survey the region and help facilitatecoordination of the federal, state, and local response tothe recovery effort in Texas.
 
While touring the damage in Rockport, Governor Abbott was approached by a local veteran whorecovered the American Flag that was flying at RockportCity Hall. She asked the Governor to deliver the flag to Rockport Mayor C.J. Wax, which he did. A picture of the exchange can be found below.
 
 

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National Forest recreation areas, trails closed for public safety


 

All recreation areas and trails in the Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, Angelina and Sabine National Forests remain closed as a public safety precaution until the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey passes, according to Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor.
 
Taylor emphasized that national forest campgrounds have older trees that are susceptible to falling when soils become saturated.
 
"With potentially high winds, possible tornados and heavy rainfall, the forest is not a safe place to be," he said. "The forecast calls for rain through the week which means the ground will be saturated and the threat of falling trees is real. We've had experiences with people trapped and even injured in recreation areas when trees have fallen onto campers and tents. Expected heavy rains can cause roads and culverts to wash out and we will not put the public in harm's way."
 
 Recreation areas and trails will remain closed until the storm has passed and Forest Service personnel have determined the roads and public areas are safe.
 

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Weather Update


 

Tropical Storm Harvey is now moving southeast and expected to move back out into the Gulf of Mexico tonight. A very slight strengthening is forecast before Harvey makes another landfall as a tropical storm near Houston.  
 
Timing and Overview:
 
The primary threat from Harvey will be heavy rain and associated flooding. The flooding threat is already ongoing across Deep East Texas and West Central Louisiana, and will spread northeast across the area late Tuesday through Thursday as Harvey moves northeast.
Secondary threats include isolated tornadoes (already ongoing) mainly south of Interstate 20. There is also a slight possibility that tropical storm force winds could affect portions of Deep East Texas and West Central Louisiana late Tuesday and into Wednesday. 
 
 
 
Four State Impacts:
 
Expected Accumulations:Additional rainfall amounts of three to six inches are expected south of Interstate 30 through 7am Sunday morning, with most of the rain falling between now and 7am Friday morning.
 
A swath of higher amounts between six and eight inches is expected from Deep East Texas northeast through Northwest Louisiana and into Southern Arkansas.Isolated higher amounts near 10 to 12 inches will be possible across Deep East Texas.Impacts: Flash flooding will be possible.A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7pm CDT Thursday for areas south of a line from Cherokee County, TX, to Winn Parish, LA.Saturated soils will mean that trees can topple with lighter wind speeds.Red River Impacts:A reasonable worse case scenario with Harvey is that the Red River could see a three to six foot rise, starting this weekend, but the rainfall would have to fall north of Shreveport near or upstream of Fulton to have this kind of rise in Shreveport. This is NOT the current forecast, but a possibility given the uncertainty with Harvey's track.
 
 

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Focused Care of Center is Taking Donations


 

Focused Care of Center will be accepting donations throughout this week for items that will be taken to areas affected by the Hurricane.
 
We are Honored to be able to take these items to people who so desperately need them. If you would like to bring blankets, Socks, non perishable food items, bottled water, diapers, infant formula or anything you feel would help please drop off your items at the front office. We ask that if you would like to donate money please do so in the form of a Walmart gift card. For more information please call Renee Bush at (936)598-2483.
 
 

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San Augustine Cancels School Today


 

San Augustine cancels classes again today.

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that 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, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday – August 28, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
Order of Business:
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Pledge and Prayer
3. Welcome Guests/Public Comments
4. Consider Approval for July 2017 Financials – ACTION
5. Accept Carl Jernigan’s Resignation as Mayor – ACTION
6. Accept Jimmy Wagstaff’s Resignation as Marshal – ACTION
7. Discuss and Consider Appointing Darren Gray As The Interim Chief Administrator for the Marshal’s Department – ACTION
a. Discuss and Consider Approval of Required Bond for Darren Gray as Interim Chief Administrator - ACTION
8. Re-Visit and Discuss Dog and Cat Ordinance #2015-07-20-2
9. Discuss City Donation Policies
10. Discussion of  Overtime Approval
11. Discussion Regarding Transportation  Coverage Options While Handling City Business
12. Discuss Performance Bonds and Consider Approval of $25,000 Limit For Each Employee Handling Cash - ACTION 
13. Open Sealed Ballpark Mowing Bids and Award – ACTION
14. Discuss and Set Budget Workshop Date – ACTION
15. Convene to Closed Session Per Section 551.074 Personnel Matters:
a. Discuss Director of Public Works Wages, Job Description and License Requirements
16. Re-Convene to Open Session
a. Council to Make Motion Pertaining to the Outcome of Closed Session. - ACTION
17. Department Head Reports
18. Council Comments
19. Adjourn
 
 

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TxDOT UPDATE


 

LUFKIN – Clark Construction of Texas, Inc. is working with TxDOT to perform repair work to the sealcoat that was applied to SL 287 East in Lufkin late last week.
 
TxDOT has an annual sealcoat program for preventative maintenance to our roadways across the State.  Sealcoats are used to preserve the pavement structure and extend the service life of the roadway.
 
The torrential rainfall East Texas has been receiving the past several days has caused much of the rock to become loose.
 
Repair work is being scheduled as soon as the weather clears and the work can be performed safely.  Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in the area or take alternate routes. Alternate routes include the west side of SL 287 or BU 59/Timberland Drive.
Work schedules are subject to change in inclement weather. Reduce speed and obey all signage in the area.
 
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Update


 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is currently and has been monitoring Tropical Storm Harvey for the past several days, as well as preparing for the storm's possible movement across the DETEC Service Area.
 
DETEC linemen are currently responding to outages and contractors are ready to respond if needed.
 
With the current rainfall levels increasing and the continued forecasted rain over the next few days, please understand that restoration efforts may be slowed considerably to ensure the safety of our lineman and contractors.
 
We encourage you to also prepare now for the possibility of weather-related problems. We urge everyone to make necessary preparations including:
 
* If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support, have an alternate power source available or identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.
 
* Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.
 
* Monitor local weather conditions.
 
* Follow warnings from local authorities. If you must travel, check drivetexas.org, for road closures and hazard information.
 
* Above all, we want to ask you to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Consider them all to be live and dangerous. Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.
 
Please report outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986
 
 

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Joaquin Fire Department Taking Donations


 

The Joaquin Fire Department is also taking donations to help out the storm victims.  For more information call 936-269-3027.

 

 

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Food Safety Tips


 

 

 

 

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PRESIDENT APPROVES NEW GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM MEMORIAL


 
WASHINGTON (Aug. 21, 2017) — The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is saluting President Trump for signing the VFW-supported Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act into law late Friday. The signing now clears the way for the GWOT Memorial Foundation to work with the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission to secure federal approval for acreage on the National Mall, as well as coordinate a national competition for the memorial’s design. It also exempts the GWOT Memorial from a provision in the Commemorative Works Act of 1986 that requires Congress to wait 10 years after the official end of a military conflict before considering a war memorial in the nation’s capital. 
 
 “Sixteen years ago, no one would have thought it possible for America to fight a nonstop, multi-front war for so long with just an all-volunteer force,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman, who served in Vietnam as a UH-1 Huey helicopter crew chief and door gunner. “That we have — that they have — and continue to do so magnificently, is a testament not only to this generation’s patriotism but of their character, as well. The VFW is very proud to support this memorial, and we are extremely proud that VFW members are the driving force behind its creation.”
 
The GWOT Memorial Foundation founder and executive director, Andrew Brennan, is a life member of VFW Post 3945 in Pittsburgh. The legislation was introduced in the House by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), a life member of VFW Post 2037 in Green Bay, Wis., and Rep. Seth Moulton, a member of VFW Post 2005 in Marblehead, Mass. Its companion bill in the Senate was introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a life member of VFW Post 2265 in Red Oak, Iowa, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a strong veterans’ advocate who also co-chairs the Senate Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus. 
 
“This historic signing is dedicated to our 3 million brothers and sisters who have deployed in the Global War on Terror, especially to the ones we have lost, and those who face great obstacles since their return home,” said Brennan, a West Point graduate, who served in Afghanistan as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot. “I’m very proud of the VFW’s early support, and when the time comes, I look forward to a significant presence at the memorial’s groundbreaking and its grand opening, hopefully alongside our nation’s other war memorials.”
 

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Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Hurricane Harvey Rescue and Recovery Efforts


 

HOUSTON, Texas - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement in the wake of flooded roadways that will prevent him from traveling out of Houston to Corpus Christi to survey storm damage from Hurricane Harvey:
"Due to continuing rain and flooding in Houston, I regret that roadways are blocked and I will be unable to travel out of the city to join Gov. Abbott, Sen. Cornyn, and other state and local officials down in Corpus Christi this afternoon. I will remain in Houston, working closely with federal, state, and local officials continue providing relief to those impacted by the storm.
 
"I am grateful for the leadership that our local and state officials have shown in the preparation and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. While we have yet to see the full impact of the storm, there is no doubt that the thoughtful coordination of Texas elected officials and their counterparts at all levels have helped mitigate the devastation we have seen. And I'm thankful for the assurances from President Trump and Vice President Pence that full federal assistance stands at the ready once we begin the recovery and rebuilding process.
 
"My and Heidi's prayers remain with the millions of Texans who have been impacted by this historic storm, and we continue to urge all to heed the warnings from local officials and stay out of harm's way as rains continue to cause flash flood threats in Houston and surrounding areas.
 
"We are immensely thankful for our first responders, in Texas and from across the country, who continue to risk their own safety to help those in need of rescue. And for the thousands of private citizens who have pitched in to help, whether by offering a boat to rescue those stranded, giving needed supplies to local shelters, or donating to charities who are housing and feeding the displaced.
 
"We have a long road to recovery before us, but as always the Texas spirit of determination, generosity, and perseverance will guide us forward. We see the best of Texans in our times of need and today is no exception. I am so incredibly proud to call Texas and Houston home. We will come together, and we will recover and rebuild, as we always have."
 
Throughout the days and weeks ahead, Sen. Cruz will keep working with state and local officials throughout the state, to keep all Texans safe. If you need additional information or assistance during this emergency situation, please do not hesitate to contact Sen. Cruz's office or utilize the federal and state resources listed below:
 
Texas Hurricane Resources:
 
·         To qualify for assistance, or register your sustained damage with FEMA: 1-800-621-3362.
 
·         Red Cross disaster assistance: 1-877-500-8645.
 
·         If you are in need of help or would like to volunteer, call 211
 
·         Para solicitar ayuda con un reclamo personal, llame a la línea telefónica de atención al                 consumidor del Departamento de Seguros de Texas al 1-800-252-3439.
 

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Governor Abbott Activates Entire Texas National Guard In Response To Hurricane Harvey Devastation


 

Austin - Governor Greg Abbott today announced he has activated the entire Texas National Guard in response to Hurricane Harvey, bringing the total number of deployed guardsman to roughly 12,000. These National Guardsman will assist in the ongoing search and rescue effort for any Texans in immediate danger, and will be heavily involved in the extensive recovery effort in the aftermath of the storm.
 
 
 
It is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the lives and safety of people across the state of Texas as we continue to face the aftermath of this storm, said Governor Abbott. The Texas National Guard is working closely with FEMA and federal troops to respond urgently to the growing needs of Texans who have fallen victim to Hurricane Harvey, and the activation of the entire Guard will assist in the efforts already underway. I would like to thank FEMA Administrator Brock Long, as well as all our brave first responders for their hard work in helping those impacted by this terrible storm.
 
 
 
"While this is still a dangerous situation with a long response effort ahead, the state and people of Texas are resilient," said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. "FEMA was here before the storm hit, and we will be here as long as needed, actively coordinating the full resources of the federal government, to support Gov. Abbott and the state."
 
 
 
"The men and women of the Texas National Guard are working around the clock to support all relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey," said Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, Texas Adjutant General. "We will not rest until we have made every effort to rescue all those in harm's way. We will remain here as long as we are needed. I want to thank Governor Abbott for his continued leadership and look forward to serving the great people of Texas."
 
 
 
The Texas Guard currently has approximately 3,000 personnel activated and mobilized for operations relating to Hurricane Harvey rescue and recovery. This new mobilization by Governor Abbott send those who are physically able, not currently deployed, preparing to deploy or in a combat preparation cycle to answer the call for help and assist their fellow Texans in need. All Texas Military Department personnel should report to their respective units for further instructions.
 

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Meet the Riders Cancelled


 

Due to expected inclement weather conditions we have cancelled the Center
Middle School Meet the Riders scheduled for Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at
Roughrider Stadium.
 

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Harvey Relief Effort in Center


 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will serve as a drop site for donations to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you have questions or if need your donation picked up, please contact Leach Chase at the SCSO at 936-598-5601 or 936-572-0423.

 

 

 

 

The Hillcrest Baptist Church will take evacuees upto 130 people for more information contact them at 936-488-0923.

 

 

 

The Hampton Inn is taking in Evacuees such as this lady and her family they are also seeking donations of food, water and clothing.

 

 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries is curently working to make sure people get clothes and food, and vital medicine.  They are taking donations of clothing, food and water. For more information contact them at 936-598-4990 or visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/shelbycountyoutreach/

 

 

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Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces the Chicken Cooking Contest


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces the Chicken Cooking Contest, sponsored by Tyson Foods. On Super Wednesday, September 27, 2017 immediately following the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival Doo Dah parade, sponsored by Center Tire Company. The event will be held on the east side of the historic downtown Center square.  In the event of inclement weather, the event will move to the active Shelby County Courthouse community room.
 
The Chicken Cooking Contest is open for participation in three categories, Youth (ages 8 – 14), High School Youth (ages 14-17) Adult (age 18 and above).  Contestants will be provided with approximately 36 inches of covered presentation area to decorate. Participants are asked to prepare their recipe to create 25-30 sample size servings and bring serving utensils. Participants must be set up before the Doo Dah Parade in order to maintain the time schedule. All participants must have some type of cover for their dish. 
 
Chicken Cooking Contest awards and trophies will be presented in each category with First Place $100, Second Place $50 and Third Place $25.  All cooking awards will be presented at the conclusion of the event at approximately 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.  Free samples of the food will be available until the food runs out.
 
To be eligible for the cooking contest, participants must submit their recipes to the Chamber office by the entry deadline Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by email at info@shelbycountychamber.com, postal mail or delivered to 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, TX 75935. For complete entry details for the Chicken Cooking Contest, please contact the Chamber office at (936) 598-3682 or www.shelbycountychamber.com.
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival Steering Committee extends a special note of appreciation and gratitude to the following event sponsors: Farmers State Bank, Presenting Sponsor, and Gold sponsors; City of Center and Tyson Foods.
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.  For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Shelby County Commissioners Meeting - UPDATED


 
Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 31st day of August, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. 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. Adjourn.
 

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Weather Update


 

 There are forecast changes in the impacts for DEEP EAST TEXAS and us
   here in SA County.
 
   - The *wind *will remain at Tropical Storm levels of 35 to 40 mph
   sustained wind beginning on Wednesday. We can expect gusts to 50 mph.
   Thursday late the winds should diminish to 20 mph. With the saturated
   ground, widespread uprooted trees will be a problem across all of Deep East
   Texas.
 
   - Much *more rain* is being forecast. South SA County 10-12 inches and
   further South upwards of 20 inches. Central and North SA County is expected
   to see 8-10 more inches Wednesday thru next Monday. The further North you
   go the lesser the rain amounts.
 
   - *Wednesday & Thursday* are projected to be the worst weather days with
   possible tornados, T-storms, hail, lightning, TS winds, and heavy rainfall
   (3+ inches each day) that will cause some flash flooding with the already
   soaked soil. The North and East sides where the outer bands train will have
   the greatest impacts. Louisiana will be impacted. Toledo Bend is planning
   on releasing water from the dam to relieve the backwater flooding that will
   occur due to the heavy rains.
 
 
 

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Harvey Also a Disaster for Hungry School Children


 

Advocates Call for Monetary Donations to Local Groups, and for Government to Ensure Rapid and Robust Food Response
 
The following is a statement from Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a national direct service and advocacy non-profit organization:
 
"Eighty one percent of Houston public school students come from such low-income families that they are eligible for free- and reduce-price meals. On any given day, Houston public schools provide 224,000 children with free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches, according to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)<http://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/school-breakfast-large-school-districts-sy-2015-2016.pdf>.  For all the horrors faced by Houston this week and into the future, add to that the heartbreaking reality of increased child hunger because school didn't start today. To make matters even worse, because today is near the end of the month, many families that rely on SNAP (formerly called food stamp) benefits, issued near the start of the month, may have run out of benefits, and may not be able to reach area food pantries and soup pantries due to the flooding.
 
In Harris County, Texas, (where Houston is located), 886,678 people, more than half of whom are children, rely on SNAP to obtain groceries.  Americans have Texas in our thoughts and prayers, but we must do more. I urge anyone who can afford to do so to donate money to the Food Bank of Houston and other Texas food banks.  Even before Harvey hit, Texas had the 10th worst rate of hunger in the nation, with one out of six Texans living in homes that couldn't afford enough food in 2015, according to USDA. But the charitable sector can't fully respond to this massive new crisis - on top of the pre-existing hunger crises in Texas - alone.  I urge the federal, state, and local governments to work together to not only get food charities the help they need, but also to make government commodities and disaster SNAP benefits available easily and widely in the impacted areas."
 

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Sheriff's Office to Aid Hurricane Victims


 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will serve as a drop site for donations to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 
 
Items needed are cases of water, non-perishable food items, personal care items, clothing for small children to adults – this includes undergarments and socks, tarps, items to make small repairs, dog and cat foot, animal crates and garbage bags.
 
Members of Hillcrest Baptist Church will carry the items by an 18-wheeler to the victims. No donation is too big or too small. Donations will be accepted at the SCSO until Thursday afternoon. If you have questions or if need your donation picked up, please contact Leach Chase at the SCSO at 936-598-5601 or 936-572-0423.
 

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Strong Triumph Church Gentleman Appreciation


 

The Strong Triumph Church will have its 3rd annual Shepherd and 1st Gentleman Appreciation honoring Shepherd, Elder Faye Dell Allen and 1st Gentleman, Bro. Adrian Allen. The appreciation will be on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 7 p.m.

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in Special Workshop session Thursday, August 31, 2017 4:00 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. Budget Discussions.
3. Adjourn
 
 
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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Timpson Fire to Aid Hurricane Victims


 
The Timpson Fire Department is taking donations and are working with our local constables to get water and supplies to Houston.  For more information you can call 936-254-3547.
 
 
 
 

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Hampton Inn in Center Housing Evacuees


 

The Hampton Inn in Center is housing evacuees and is seeking donations.  There are already several families in need.  They will take food, water, clothes, anything that may help.
 
 
 

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Shelbyville Band Booster Meeting Cancelled


 

The Shelbyville Band Booster Meeting that was scheduled for 6pm tonight is cancelled due to weather conditions.  

 

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School Weather Schedules


 

San Augusutine ISD is Closing due to weather 
 
Shelbyville ISD will have School
 
Center ISD will have School
 
Timpson ISD will have School
 
Joaquin ISD will have School
 
Tenaha ISD will have School
 
Nacogdoches ISD will have School

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Timpson Bear Update


 

TISD is monitoring the weather. At this time we plan to begin school as normal.  We will update if there are changes.
 
Timpson Independent School District

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Tornado Warning


 

Tornado Warning including Anahuac TX, Oak Island TX, Double Bayou TX until 9:30 PM CDT.

 

 

 

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Hurricane Harvey Story Highlights


 

At least five people have died during the storm.
 
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated 3,000 federal and state guard members and said 18 counties are now under the disaster declaration Sunday.
 
The White House announced President Donald Trump plans to travel to Texas Tuesday.
 
Houston's Hobby airport will be closed until at least Wednesday due to flooding on the runways and roads.
 
All of the Houston Independent School District's schools and offices will be closed for the week.
 
Dallas is preparing its convention center to become a "mega shelter" for evacuees.

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TxDOT Update on Road Closures


 

For a list of Roads Affected Click Here: 

 

As of 7:30PM on Sunday, August 27th:
 
Tropical Storm Harvey has stalled inland over a majority of southeast Texas, and will move slowly across South Central and Southeast Texas through Wednesday. Substantial rainfall, dangerous flooding, and high winds continue to threaten this part of the state. Travel is discouraged in the affected areas until conditions improve.
 
The uncertain storm path and patterns of rain bands can make water levels change rapidly. Motorists who come upon a section of roadway that has water flowing across it should seek an alternate route. It is against Texas law to drive around barricades at flooded roads. And it’s never worth the risk. 
 
If you find yourself in need of shelter, please call 2 1 1. 
 
Remember: Turn around, don't drown.
 
TxDOT is committed to your safety and to the reliability of the information contained on this site. While road conditions can change rapidly, DriveTexas.org is an industry leader in providing some of the most accurate and up-to-date travel-related information currently available to drivers in Texas. Information presented here is as close to real time as possible. For those who use our roads, please do not use this site while operating a motor vehicle. Be Safe. Drive Smart.

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Google Has Put Out a Map Showing the Effected Area by Harvey


 

 

 

 

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Hurricane Harvey Update


 

The flooding comes after the hurricane left at least three people dead after it bashed the Texas coast. Buildings and parts of communities are submerged and, in Houston, there were more than 1,000 calls for rescues and people were forced to their rooftops.

 

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List of Schools Closing Due to Harvey


 
ABBEY ACADEMY PREP - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
Academy of Accelerated Learning - Re-opens Sept. 5.
 
ALVIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Closed Through Friday.
 
Aristoi Classical Academy - Closed Tomorrow.
 
ART INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC SCHOOL - Closed Tomorrow.
 
AVONDALE HOUSE - Closed Tomorrow.
 
BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
City of Houston Municipal Court - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY - Closed Tomorrow.
 
EAGLE HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY - Closed Tomorrow.
 
FALLBROOK ACADEMY - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY - Closed Through Wednesday.
 
Galveston College - Closed Through Wednesday.
 
GEORGE BRYAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL - Closed Tomorrow.
 
GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Closed Tomorrow.
 
HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
IMANI SCHOOL - Closed Tomorrow.
 
LEE COLLEGE - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
LONE STAR COLLEGE - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
MEMORIAL LUTHERAN SCHOOL - Closed Through Wednesday.
 
PRAIRIE VIEW A and amp;M - Closed Through Wednesday.
 
Pro-Vision Academy - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
REMINGTON COLLEGE - GREENSPOINT AND WEBSTER CAMPUS - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
RICE UNIVERSITY - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
RMA - PASADENA - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
RYSS K-12 SCHOOLS - HOUSTON - Opens Sept. 5.
 
SAINT THOMAS EPISCOPAL - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
SAN JACINTO COLLEGE - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
ST. CECILIA CATHOLIC SCHOOL - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL SCHOOL - Closed Tomorrow.
 
Stafford Municipal School District - Closed Tomorrow.
 
TEXAS HEALTH SCHOOL - Closed Tomorrow.
 
Texas Serenity Academy North Houston - Rosslyn and Gano campuses - Opens Sept. 5.
 
TREZVANT ACADEMY - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
TULSA WELDING SCHOOL - HOUSTON - Closed Tomorrow.
 
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON - Closed Through Wednesday.
 
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON - INCLUDES DOWNTOWN, KATY, SUGAR LAND AND CLEAR LAKE -
Closed Through Wednesday.
 
UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS - Closed Tomorrow.
 
WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL - Closed Tomorrow.
 
WHARTON COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE - Registration extended through Monday, semester start
delayed until further notice.
 
WONDERLAND PRIVATE SCHOOL - Closed Tomorrow.
 
ALIEF ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
ALVIN ISD - Closed through Sept. 5.
 
ANAHUAC ISD - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
BARBERS HILL ISD - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
BAY CITY ISD - Closed until further notice.
 
BEATRICE MAYES INSTITUTE CHARTER SCHOOL - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
BOLING ISD - Closed Tomorrow.
 
BRAZOS ISD - Closed Tomorrow.
 
BRAZOSPORT ISD - CLOSED ALL WEEK - CLASSES RESUME SEPT. 5.
 
CHANNELVIEW ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
CHRIST MEMORIAL LUTHERAN SCHOOL - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
CLEAR CREEK ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
CLEVELAND ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
College of the Mainland - Closed Through Wednesday.
 
CYPRESS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
DAYTON ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
DICKINSON ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
EPISCOPAL HIGH SCHOOL - BELLAIRE - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
FORT BEND ISD - Closed Friday.
 
GALENA PARK ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
GALVESTON ISD - Closed Through Wednesday.
 
GOODRICH ISD - Closed Tomorrow.
 
GOOSE CREEK CISD - Opens Sept. 5.
 
HARRIS COUNTY DEPT OF ED - Opens Sept. 5.
 
HEMPSTEAD ISD - Closed Tomorrow.
 
HOLY GHOST CATHOLIC SCH - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
HOLY SPIRIT EPISCOPAL SCHOOL - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
HOUSTON ISD - Closed all week - Opens Sept. 5.
 
HUFFMAN ISD - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
HUMBLE ISD - Opens Sept. 5.
 
INCARNATE WORD ACADEMY - Closed Tomorrow.
 
JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC SCH - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
KATY ADVENTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Closed Tomorrow.
 
KATY ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
KLEIN ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
LA PORTE ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
LAMAR CISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
MATAGORDA ISD - Closed until further notice.
 
MEMORIAL HOUSTON LUTHERAN - Closed Tomorrow.
 
MONTGOMERY ISD - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
NEEDVILLE ISD - Opens Sept. 5.
 
NEW WAVERLY ISD - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
PEARLAND ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL - Closed Through Friday.
 
RESURRECTION CATHOLIC SCH - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
RIVER OAKS BAPTIST SCHOOL - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY - Closed Tomorrow.
 
SANTA FE ISD - Opens Sept. 5.
 
SEALY ISD - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
SPLENDORA ISD - Opens Sept. 5.
 
SPRING BRANCH ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
SPRING ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
ST CHRISTOPHER CATHOLIC SCH - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCH - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
ST LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCH - Closed Tomorrow.
 
ST MARY OF THE PURIFICATION MONTESSORI - Closed Tomorrow.
 
ST PETER THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC SCHOOL - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
ST PIUS V CATHOLIC SCHOOL - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
ST PIUS X HIGH SCHOOL - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
ST PIUS X SCHOOL - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
ST THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC SCHOOL - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
STAFFORD MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT - Closed through Sept. 5, includes all activities.
 
SWEENY ISD - Closed Tomorrow.
 
TARKINGTON ISD - Closed Through Wednesday.
 
TEXAS A and amp; M UNIVERSITY AT GALVESTON - Essential personnel Tuesday, normal operations Wednesday.
 
TEXAS CITY ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
TEXAS SERENITY ACADEMY - Closed Tomorrow.
 
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY - Closed Tomorrow.
 
THE AWTY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
THE MONARCH SCHOOL - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
THE REGIS SCHOOL OF THE SACRED HEART - Closed all week - Late open Sept. 5 at 9 a.m..
 
THE RHODES SCHOOL - Re-opens Sept. 5.
 
THE VILLAGE SCHOOL - Closed Through Wednesday.
 
THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
TOMBALL ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
TWO DIMENSIONS PREPARATORY ACADEMY - Closed Through Tuesday.
 
WALLER ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
WHARTON ISD - Closed Through Friday.
 
WONDERLAND PRIVATE ELEMENTARY - Closed Today and Tomorrow.
 
YES PREPARATORY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Closed Through Friday.
 

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Local Weather Update


 

At least as of 8:30 pm:
 
North SA County...1.3 inches
 
San Augustine...1.3 inches
 
South in Broaddus....2.8 inches 
 
Lots of Steady, soaking rain. Even with more coming.
 

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Donald Trump to Visit Houston


 

Donald Trump will visit Texas on Tuesday, the White House said as tropical storm Harvey brought intense rainfall that threatened “historic” flooding in Houston, freeways turning into rivers and water rushing into homes in America’s fourth-largest city.
 
As coastal Texas cleaned up from Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday night before weakening, the storm shifted its attention inland. Amid predictions that as much as 50in of rain could fall, waters rose so high that people were advised to climb to their roofs rather than take refuge in attics, unless they had “an axe or means to break through”.
 
Heavy rains were predicted to linger for several days and the National Weather Service (NWS), issuing a flash flood emergency warning, said “catastrophic flooding in the Houston metropolitan area is expected to worsen and could become historic”.
 
More than 6.5 million people live in the region. Several deaths were reported. Early in the day Harris County sheriff Ed Gonzalez reported on Twitter that a woman and child had died in a submerged vehicle on Interstate 10. The deaths were not confirmed, because the location was unreachable. Texas governor Greg Abbott later told CBS he was “not capable at this time of confirming” the number of fatalities caused by the hurricane.

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Death Total on the Rise


 

At least six people have died as a result of the flooding, but everyone expects that number to keep rising considering rescue workers have not been able to reach some of the worst-hit areas. The flooding in Houston was so extensive that officials couldn’t even say that one area was the worst affected.

 

 

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Flooded Roads & Highways in and Around Houston Area


 

REPORTED HIGH WATER LOCATIONS, AS OF 6:35 PM SUNDAY
 
IH-10 EAST Eastbound At JENSEN DR All Mainlanes Verified at 5:34 AM today
IH-10 EAST Eastbound At LOCKWOOD DR All Mainlanes Verified at 11:54 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-10 EAST Eastbound At MC CARTY ST/US-90 ALTERNATE Right Lane,Center Lane Verified at 11:59 PM
IH-10 EAST Eastbound At MONMOUTH DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:41 AM on on 8/26/2017
IH-10 EAST Eastbound At Westmont/Greens Bayou Unknown Verified at 7:14 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-10 EAST Westbound At GELLHORN DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:49 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-10 EAST Westbound At JENSEN DR All Mainlanes Verified at 5:32 AM today
IH-10 EAST Westbound At LOCKWOOD DR All Mainlanes Verified at 5:24 AM today
IH-10 EAST Westbound At LOCKWOOD DR All Mainlanes Verified at 12:00 AM today
IH-10 EAST Westbound At MONMOUTH DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:52 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-10 KATY Eastbound At BELTWAY 8-WEST Left Shoulder,Right Shoulder Verified at 8:36 AM today
IH-10 KATY Eastbound At GESSNER DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:56 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-10 KATY Eastbound At PATTERSON ST 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 3:04 PM today
IH-10 KATY Eastbound At SILBER RD All Mainlanes Verified at 8:18 AM today
IH-10 KATY Eastbound At T C JESTER BLVD All Mainlanes Verified at 2:37 PM today
IH-10 KATY Eastbound At TAYLOR ST All Mainlanes Verified at 11:30 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-10 KATY Eastbound At WASHINGTON AVE/WESTCOTT ST All Mainlanes Verified at 11:59 PM
IH-10 KATY Westbound At BELTWAY 8-WEST Unknown Verified at 9:57 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-10 KATY Westbound At PATTERSON ST 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 3:10 PM today
IH-10 KATY Westbound At T C JESTER BLVD All Mainlanes Verified at 2:40 PM today
IH-10 KATY Westbound Before IH-610 WEST LOOP/ US 290 Direct Connect All Mainlanes Verified at 2:07 AM today
IH-10 Westbound At FM-359 in Waller County Exit Ramp Verified at 2:44 AM on on 8/26/2017
IH-45 GULF Northbound At IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Left Lane,2 Center Lanes Verified at 10:49 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-45 GULF Northbound At SCARSDALE BLVD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 8:36 AM today
IH-45 GULF Northbound At TELLEPSEN ST 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 5:04 AM today
IH-45 GULF Northbound At TRAVIS Entrance Ramp Verified at 3:35 AM today
IH-45 GULF Northbound At W DALLAS ST All Mainlanes Verified at 5:42 AM today
IH-45 GULF Southbound At EDGEBROOK DR/CLEARWOOD DR 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 6:32 PM today
IH-45 GULF Southbound At IH-69 EASTEX All Mainlanes Verified at 1:30 AM today
IH-45 GULF Southbound At SCARSDALE BLVD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 8:37 AM today
IH-45 GULF Southbound At SH-3/MONROE RD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 6:30 PM today
IH-45 NORTH Northbound After RICHEY RD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 7:42 AM today
IH-45 NORTH Northbound At AIRLINE DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 10:33 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-45 NORTH Northbound At CYPRESSWOOD DR/Holzwarth 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 6:04 PM today
IH-45 NORTH Northbound At N MAIN ST Right Shoulder,Right Lane,Center Lane Verified at 11:33 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-45 NORTH Northbound At N SHEPHERD DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 3:55 PM today
IH-45 NORTH Northbound At SH 249/ MOUNT HOUSTON RD 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:40 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-45 NORTH Northbound At TIDWELL RD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 10:38 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-45 NORTH Northbound At WEST RD Unknown Verified at 6:27 PM today
IH-45 NORTH Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTH Unknown Verified at 4:12 PM today
IH-45 NORTH Southbound At CYPRESSWOOD DR/Holzwarth All Mainlanes Verified at 5:58 PM today
IH-45 NORTH Southbound At LITTLE YORK RD Unknown Verified at 10:37 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-45 NORTH Southbound At N MAIN ST Right Lane,Center Lane Verified at 10:33 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-45 NORTH Southbound At N SHEPHERD DR Unknown Verified at 3:55 PM today
IH-45 NORTH Southbound At SH 249/ MOUNT HOUSTON RD All Mainlanes Verified at 12:47 PM today
IH-45 NORTH Southbound At TIDWELL RD 4 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 10:36 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-45 NORTH Southbound At WEST RD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 6:25 PM today
IH-45 NORTH Southbound Before RICHEY RD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 7:43 AM today
IH-45 Northbound At FM-518 in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 11:52 AM today
IH-45 Northbound At HOLLAND in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 12:40 PM today
IH-45 Northbound At HUGHES in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 3:23 PM today
IH-45 Northbound At SH-242 in Montgomery County 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 12:05 AM today
IH-45 Southbound At FM-517 in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 12:40 PM today
IH-45 Southbound At FM-518 in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 11:50 AM today
IH-45 Southbound At HOLLAND in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 12:42 PM today
IH-45 Southbound At HUGHES in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 3:25 PM today
IH-45 Southbound At SH-6/SH-146 in Galveston County Exit Ramp Verified at 9:30 AM on on 8/26/2017
IH-45 Southbound Before FM-2854/MONTGOMERY in Montgomery County 3 Frontage Road Lanes,Exit Ramp Verified at 7:22 AM today
IH-610 EAST LOOP Northbound At CLINTON DR All Mainlanes Verified at 11:01 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 EAST LOOP Northbound At IH-10 EAST Exit Ramp Verified at 10:47 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 EAST LOOP Northbound At PORT OF HOUSTON All Mainlanes Verified at 11:19 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 EAST LOOP Southbound At CLINTON DR All Mainlanes Verified at 11:02 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 EAST LOOP Southbound At MARKET ST All Mainlanes Verified at 11:00 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 NORTH LOOP Eastbound After IH-10 EAST All Mainlanes Verified at 11:28 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 NORTH LOOP Eastbound At GELLHORN DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:05 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 NORTH LOOP Eastbound At IH-45 NORTH Exit Ramp Verified at 10:49 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 NORTH LOOP Eastbound At LOCKWOOD DR All Mainlanes Verified at 2:11 PM today
IH-610 NORTH LOOP Westbound At GELLHORN DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:03 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 NORTH LOOP Westbound At LOCKWOOD DR All Mainlanes Verified at 2:12 PM today
IH-610 NORTH LOOP Westbound At YALE ST 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 12:10 AM today
IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At BROAD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:45 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At CRESTMONT ST 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:40 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:38 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At S WAYSIDE DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 12:36 AM today
IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At SCOTT ST 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:36 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At SH-288 Exit Ramp Verified at 11:59 PM
IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Westbound At CRESTMONT ST 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:41 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Westbound At S POST OAK RD All Mainlanes Verified at 7:36 AM today
IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Westbound At SH-288 Left Lane,Right Lane,Exit Ramp Verified at 12:06 AM today
IH-610 WEST LOOP Northbound At POST OAK RD All Mainlanes Verified at 3:04 PM today
IH-610 WEST LOOP Northbound At WESTPARK DR 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:38 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 WEST LOOP Southbound At BELLAIRE BLVD 4 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:29 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 WEST LOOP Southbound At FOURNACE PL 4 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 10:09 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-610 WEST LOOP Southbound At POST OAK RD All Mainlanes Verified at 2:46 PM today
IH-610 WEST LOOP Southbound At WESTPARK DR Unknown Verified at 9:39 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-69 Eastex Freeway Northbound At GREENS RD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 7:02 AM today
IH-69 Eastex Freeway Northbound At SAN JACINTO RIVER 1 Frontage Road Lane Verified at 5:37 AM today
IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At GREENS RD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 7:01 AM today
IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At IH-610 NORTH LOOP Unknown Verified at 1:06 AM today
IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At MC GOWEN Unknown Verified at 10:08 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At RANKIN RD 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 6:13 AM today
IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At SAN JACINTO RIVER All Mainlanes Verified at 5:38 AM today
IH-69 Northbound At FM-762/THOMPSON RD in Fort Bend County All Mainlanes Verified at 11:50 AM today
IH-69 Southbound At FM 1314 in Montgomery County 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 7:45 AM today
IH-69 Southbound At FM-762/THOMPSON RD in Fort Bend County All Mainlanes Verified at 11:53 AM today
IH-69 Southbound At ISLEIB RD in Fort Bend County 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 10:19 PM on on 8/25/2017
IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At BELLAIRE BLVD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:27 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At CHIMNEY ROCK RD 4 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:44 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At DUNLAVY Right Shoulder,Right Lane,2 Center Lanes Verified at 5:58 AM today
IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At IH-45 GULF Left Shoulder,Left Lane,Center Lane Verified at 10:09 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At IH-610 WEST LOOP All Mainlanes Verified at 5:31 AM today
IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At IH-610 WEST LOOP Right Shoulder,Right Lane,2 Center Lanes Verified at 5:59 AM today
IH-69 SOUTHWEST Southbound At BELLFORT AVE 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:57 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-69 SOUTHWEST Southbound At BELTWAY 8-WEST 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:25 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-69 SOUTHWEST Southbound At SH-288 Unknown Verified at 10:53 PM on on 8/26/2017
IH-69 SOUTHWEST Southbound At WESTPARK DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:38 PM on on 8/26/2017
US-290 NORTHWEST Eastbound At BINFORD All Mainlanes Verified at 6:23 AM today
US-290 NORTHWEST Eastbound At FM-529 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 1:09 AM today
US-290 NORTHWEST Eastbound At GESSNER RD 1 Frontage Road Lane Verified at 8:34 AM on on 8/26/2017
US-290 NORTHWEST Westbound At ELDRIDGE PARKWAY 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:21 PM on on 8/26/2017
US-90 Westbound At BELTWAY 8-EAST All Mainlanes Verified at 2:46 AM today
US-90 Westbound At UVALDE All Mainlanes Verified at 2:47 AM today
SH-225 Eastbound At RED BLUFF RD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 7:03 PM on on 8/26/2017
 
SH-225 Eastbound At RICHEY ST All Mainlanes Verified at 11:21 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-225 Eastbound At SCARBOROUGH LN 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:19 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-225 Westbound At RICHEY ST All Mainlanes Verified at 11:22 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-249 TOMBALL PARKWAY Northbound At BS 249/ HOLDERRIETH Entrance Ramp Verified at 3:33 PM today
SH-288 Northbound After IH-69 SOUTHWEST All Mainlanes Verified at 12:42 PM today
SH-288 Northbound After MAC GREGOR DR 1 Frontage Road Lane Verified at 2:03 PM today
SH-288 Northbound At FORT BEND COUNTY RD CR 56 in Brazoria County 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 7:59 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-288 Northbound At HOLCOMBE BLVD All Mainlanes Verified at 11:10 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-288 Northbound At HOLLY HALL ST All Mainlanes Verified at 7:39 AM today
SH-288 Northbound At IH-610 SOUTH LOOP All Mainlanes Verified at 9:55 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-288 Northbound At IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Exit Ramp Verified at 11:29 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-288 Northbound At MAC GREGOR DR All Mainlanes Verified at 7:33 AM today
SH-288 Northbound At SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:38 AM today
SH-288 Northbound At SOUTHMORE BLVD All Mainlanes Verified at 7:28 AM today
SH-288 Northbound Before FM-2234 MC HARD RD in Brazoria County 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:51 AM today
SH-288 Southbound After FM-2234 MC HARD RD in Brazoria County 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:50 AM today
SH-288 Southbound At HOLCOMBE BLVD All Mainlanes Verified at 7:35 AM today
SH-288 Southbound At HOLLY HALL ST All Mainlanes Verified at 7:40 AM today
SH-288 Southbound At IH-45 GULF All Mainlanes Verified at 12:43 PM today
SH-288 Southbound At IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Exit Ramp Verified at 11:23 AM today
SH-288 Southbound At IH-610 SOUTH LOOP All Mainlanes Verified at 8:00 AM today
SH-288 Southbound At IH-69 SOUTHWEST All Mainlanes Verified at 10:00 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-288 Southbound At MAC GREGOR DR All Mainlanes Verified at 7:59 AM today
SH-288 Southbound At SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 7:09 AM today
SH-288 Southbound At SOUTHMORE BLVD All Mainlanes Verified at 9:37 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-288 Southbound Before MAC GREGOR DR 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 2:04 PM today
SH-3 Northbound At SH-146 in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 12:39 AM today
SH-3 Northbound At Walker St in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 12:58 AM today
SH-3 Southbound At SH-146 in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 12:40 AM today
SH-3 Southbound At Walker St in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 1:03 AM today
SH-35 Eastbound At DIXIE FARM CR 126 in Brazoria County Unknown Verified at 1:03 AM today
SH-6 Eastbound At Bissonnet St in Fort Bend County All Mainlanes Verified at 3:39 PM today
SH-6 Eastbound At FM-521 in Fort Bend County Unknown Verified at 9:17 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-6 Eastbound At MISSISSIPPI ST in Brazoria County Unknown Verified at 9:40 PM on on 8/26/2017
SH-6 Eastbound At MUSTANG BAYOU RD in Brazoria County All Mainlanes Verified at 3:38 PM today
SH-6 Northbound At PARK ROW All Mainlanes Verified at 6:45 AM today
SH-6 Southbound At PATTERSON RD All Mainlanes Verified at 6:48 AM today
SH-87/ Broadway Northbound At GALVESTON-BOLIVAR FERRY in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 10:55 AM on on 8/26/2017
SH-87/ Broadway Northbound At Rollover Pass in Galveston County Right Shoulder,Center Lane Verified at 2:47 PM on on 8/25/2017
SH-87/ Broadway Southbound At SEWALL BLVD/ 2ND ST in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 10:53 AM on on 8/26/2017
SH-87/ Broadway Southbound At SH-124 in Galveston County Right Shoulder,Center Lane Verified at 2:40 PM on on 8/25/2017
SH-99 GRAND PARKWAY - West Northbound At Clay Rd All Mainlanes Verified at 12:55 PM today
SH-99 GRAND PARKWAY - West Northbound At US 290 Northwest Unknown Verified at 1:34 AM today
SH-99 Grand Pkwy - North Eastbound At FM-2920 All Mainlanes Verified at 3:21 PM today
SH-99 Grand Pkwy - North Westbound At FM-2920 All Mainlanes Verified at 3:38 PM today
BELTWAY 8-EAST Northbound At FAIRMONT PKWY 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:54 AM today
BELTWAY 8-EAST Northbound At GARRETT 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 1:49 AM today
BELTWAY 8-EAST Southbound At GARRETT Entrance Ramp Verified at 8:49 AM today
BELTWAY 8-NORTH Eastbound At HARDY TOLL All Mainlanes Verified at 5:30 AM today
BELTWAY 8-NORTH Eastbound At HARDY TOLL 4 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 12:22 AM today
BELTWAY 8-NORTH Eastbound At HARDY TOLL Left Shoulder,Right Shoulder Verified at 8:29 AM today
BELTWAY 8-NORTH Eastbound At IH-45 NORTH Unknown Verified at 5:49 AM today
BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At HARDY TOLL 4 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 12:30 AM today
BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At HARDY TOLL All Mainlanes Verified at 9:09 AM today
BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At HARDY TOLL All Mainlanes Verified at 5:31 AM today
BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At HARDY TOLL Unknown Verified at 3:07 AM today
BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At IH-69 EASTEX 4 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 12:18 AM today
BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Eastbound At FM-865 CULLEN BLVD All Mainlanes Verified at 9:30 PM on on 8/26/2017
BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Eastbound At W. FUQUA Exit Ramp Verified at 8:33 AM today
BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Eastbound Before SH-288 Left Shoulder,Right Shoulder,Exit Ramp Verified at 8:08 AM today
BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Westbound At BEAMER 2 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:31 PM on on 8/26/2017
BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Westbound At FM-865 CULLEN BLVD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 10:05 PM on on 8/26/2017
BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Westbound At FM-865 CULLEN BLVD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 9:33 PM on on 8/26/2017
BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Westbound At W. FUQUA Exit Ramp Verified at 8:32 AM today
BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Westbound At W. FUQUA Exit Ramp Verified at 5:51 AM today
BELTWAY 8-WEST Northbound At BRIAR FOREST DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 11:47 AM today
BELTWAY 8-WEST Northbound At CLAY DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 10:41 PM on on 8/26/2017
BELTWAY 8-WEST Southbound At BELLFORT Unknown Verified at 9:05 PM on on 8/26/2017
BELTWAY 8-WEST Southbound At CLAY DR 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 10:19 PM on on 8/26/2017
BELTWAY 8-WEST Southbound At FM-1093 WESTHEIMER RD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 8:52 PM on on 8/26/2017
BELTWAY 8-WEST Southbound At LITTLE YORK RD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 10:21 PM on on 8/26/2017
FM-1092 Northbound At 5TH ST in Fort Bend County All Mainlanes Verified at 9:22 PM on on 8/26/2017
FM-1092 Southbound At 5TH ST in Fort Bend County All Mainlanes Verified at 9:23 PM on on 8/26/2017
FM-1462 Northbound At Nordt Rd in Fort Bend County Unknown Verified at 12:55 PM today
FM-1462 Southbound At Nordt Rd in Fort Bend County Unknown Verified at 12:58 PM today
FM-1464 Northbound At W Bellfort Rd in Fort Bend County All Mainlanes Verified at 7:52 PM on on 8/26/2017
FM-1464 Southbound At W Bellfort Rd in Fort Bend County All Mainlanes Verified at 7:55 PM on on 8/26/2017
FM-1488 Eastbound At KICKAPOO RD in Waller County Unknown Verified at 4:05 AM today
FM-1488 Eastbound At Lois Ln in Montgomery County All Mainlanes Verified at 3:23 PM today
FM-1764 Eastbound At IH-45 in Galveston County All Mainlanes Verified at 1:19 AM today
FM-1960 Eastbound At ELLA BLVD Unknown Verified at 1:56 AM today
FM-2920 Eastbound At BAUER RD All Mainlanes Verified at 8:27 PM on on 8/26/2017
FM-2920 Eastbound At Park Rd All Mainlanes Verified at 4:18 PM on on 8/26/2017
FM-2920 Westbound At BAUER RD All Mainlanes Verified at 8:28 PM on on 8/26/2017
FM-2920 Westbound At Calvert Rd All Mainlanes Verified at 4:26 PM on on 8/26/2017
FM-362 Northbound At WINTERS RD in Waller County All Mainlanes Verified at 2:57 AM today
FM-521 Northbound At FORT BEND COUNTY RD CR 56 in Brazoria County Unknown Verified at 11:56 PM on on 8/26/2017
HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At ALDINE MAIL ROUTE Exit Ramp Verified at 8:55 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTH 4 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 12:29 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At CROSSTIMBERS ST Exit Ramp Verified at 6:01 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At CROSSTIMBERS ST Exit Ramp Verified at 11:40 PM on on 8/26/2017
HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At LITTLE YORK RD Right Lane Verified at 5:48 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At LITTLE YORK RD Left Shoulder,Right Shoulder Verified at 8:03 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At RANKIN RD Entrance Ramp Verified at 9:32 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At RANKIN RD Exit Ramp Verified at 11:04 PM on on 8/26/2017
HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At RICHEY RD Entrance Ramp Verified at 11:34 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTH 4 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 12:25 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTH Entrance Ramp Verified at 8:34 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTH Unknown Verified at 9:05 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTH Exit Ramp Verified at 12:04 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At CROSSTIMBERS ST Exit Ramp Verified at 11:17 PM on on 8/26/2017
HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RANKIN RD Entrance Ramp Verified at 11:38 PM on on 8/26/2017
HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RANKIN RD Exit Ramp Verified at 11:43 PM on on 8/26/2017
HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RICHEY RD Entrance Ramp Verified at 11:34 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RICHEY RD All Mainlanes Verified at 10:49 AM today
HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RICHEY RD Exit Ramp Verified at 9:30 AM today
WESTPARK TOLLWAY Eastbound At FONDREN Exit Ramp Verified at 10:54 PM on on 8/26/2017
WESTPARK TOLLWAY Eastbound At GESSNER Entrance Ramp Verified at 7:34 AM today
WESTPARK TOLLWAY Eastbound At IH 610 Exit Ramp Verified at 9:37 PM on on 8/26/2017
WESTPARK TOLLWAY Eastbound At IH-69 All Mainlanes Verified at 9:21 PM on on 8/26/2017
WESTPARK TOLLWAY Eastbound At POST OAK Exit Ramp Verified at 9:28 PM on on 8/26/2017
WESTPARK TOLLWAY Westbound At BELTWAY 8 Exit Ramp Verified at 3:28 AM today
WESTPARK TOLLWAY Westbound At RICE Entrance Ramp Verified at 10:18 PM on on 8/26/2017
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At C. E. King Pkwy Exit Ramp Verified at 5:43 PM today
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At FAIRMONT PKWY Exit Ramp Verified at 12:18 AM today
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At FAIRMONT PKWY Exit Ramp Verified at 9:07 AM today
 
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At Garrett Entrance Ramp Verified at 4:57 PM today
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At Generation Pkwy Exit Ramp Verified at 11:59 PM
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At SPENCER HWY Exit Ramp Verified at 12:30 AM today
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At Tidwell Exit Ramp Verified at 5:24 PM today
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At FAIRMONT PKWY Exit Ramp Verified at 11:01 PM on on 8/26/2017
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At SH 3/OLD GALVESTON Entrance Ramp Verified at 11:11 AM today
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At SPENCER HWY Center Lane,Exit Ramp Verified at 11:22 PM on on 8/26/2017
EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At Tidwell Exit Ramp Verified at 1:07 PM today
NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At IMPERIAL VALLEY DR Unknown Verified at 5:50 AM today
NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At John Ralston Exit Ramp Verified at 4:38 PM today
NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At Wilson Rd Exit Ramp Verified at 5:20 PM today
NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At ELLA BLVD 3 Frontage Road Lanes Verified at 7:02 AM today
NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At IMPERIAL VALLEY DR Unknown Verified at 5:49 AM today
NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At John Ralston Exit Ramp Verified at 5:04 AM today
NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At VETERANS MEMORIAL PKY Exit Ramp Verified at 6:39 AM today
SH 275 / HARBORSIDE Eastbound At IH 45 Gulf Freeway in Galveston County Left Lane,Right Lane Verified at 2:34 PM on on 8/25/2017
SH 275 / HARBORSIDE Westbound At SH 87/ 2ND ST in Galveston County Left Lane,Right Lane Verified at 2:34 PM on on 8/25/2017
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound After IH-45 GULF FWY Exit Ramp Verified at 11:53 PM on on 8/26/2017
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At AIRPORT Exit Ramp Verified at 9:15 PM on on 8/26/2017
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At BLACKHAWK Exit Ramp Verified at 11:49 PM on on 8/26/2017
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At FM-865 CULLEN BLVD Exit Ramp Verified at 9:50 PM on on 8/26/2017
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At FUQUA Exit Ramp Verified at 10:01 PM on on 8/26/2017
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At IH-45 GULF FWY Unknown Verified at 8:56 AM today
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At SH-288 Exit Ramp Verified at 12:06 PM today
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At US-90 ALTERNATE S. MAIN Exit Ramp Verified at 8:49 PM on on 8/26/2017
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At AIRPORT Exit Ramp Verified at 9:17 PM on on 8/26/2017
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At PEARLAND PARKWAY Exit Ramp Verified at 10:36 PM on on 8/26/2017
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At S. POST OAK Exit Ramp Verified at 1:10 AM today
SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At US-90 ALTERNATE S. MAIN Exit Ramp Verified at 8:50 PM on on 8/26/2017
SPUR-342 Northbound At IH-45 in Galveston County Left Lane,Center Lane Verified at 2:37 PM on on 8/25/2017
Tomball Tollway Northbound At BS 249/ Holderrieth Exit Ramp Verified at 11:59 PM
Tomball Tollway Southbound At BS 249/ Holderrieth Left Shoulder,Right Shoulder Verified at 8:15 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound After BOHEME DR Right Shoulder,Left Lane,2 Center Lanes Verified at 11:00 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At BELLAIRE BLVD Exit Ramp Verified at 4:52 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At BISSONNET ST All Mainlanes Verified at 11:19 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At BOHEME DR All Mainlanes Verified at 12:08 PM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At FM-1093 WESTHEIMER RD All Mainlanes Verified at 11:46 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At HAMMERLY BLVD Exit Ramp Verified at 10:19 PM on on 8/26/2017
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At MEMORIAL DR Left Shoulder,Right Shoulder Verified at 11:38 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At RICHMOND AVE Left Shoulder,Right Shoulder Verified at 7:56 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At RICHMOND AVE Unknown Verified at 9:38 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At TANNER RD Exit Ramp Verified at 8:51 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At BISSONNET ST 1 Frontage Road Lane Verified at 11:22 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At BRIAR FOREST DR Exit Ramp Verified at 8:46 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At CLAY DR Exit Ramp Verified at 11:53 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At IH-10 KATY All Mainlanes Verified at 1:40 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At IH-69 SOUTHWEST Left Shoulder,Right Shoulder Verified at 8:01 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At MEMORIAL DR Entrance Ramp Verified at 1:53 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At WESTPARK DR Left Shoulder,Right Shoulder,Left Lane,Right Lane,2 Center Lanes,Exit Ramp Verified at 12:55 AM today
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At WESTVIEW Exit Ramp Verified at 8:47 AM today
SH-332 Westbound At SAILFISH RD to Shark Ln All Mainlanes Closed Daily from Friday, August 25, 2017 2:00 PM until further notice
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At BELLAIRE BLVD Closed beginning Sunday, August 27, 2017 9:00 PM
WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At IH-10 KATY All Mainlanes Closed beginning Sunday, August 27, 2017 9:00 AM
IH-69 Eastex Freeway Northbound At IH-610 NORTH LOOP to BELTWAY 8-NORTH 3 Frontage Lane(s) Closed beginning Sunday, August 27, 2017 9:00 AM
IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTH to IH-610 NORTH LOOP 3 Frontage Lane(s) Closed beginning Sunday, August 27, 2017 9:00 AM
 
IN DICKINSON
The Office of Emergency Management in Dickinson said most roads are underwater in Dickinson, and are not passable.
 
IN FORT BEND COUNTY
Beechnut and FM 1464
FM 1093 East bound from Harlem to Grand Mission shut down
 
IN PEARLAND
ORANGE/MAIN
YOST/BRDWY
PRLND PRKWY/S. BRDWY
OLD ALVIN/WOODWAY
N. GALVESTON
ENTRANCE TO HIGHLAND GLEN
3800 MCHARD EB/WB LANES
JASPER STONE/OLD ALVIN
N. BRDWY/ODAY
W. WALNUT/VETERANS
2400 KINGSLEY
SOUTHDOWN SUB DIV
MAGNOLIA/HATFIELD
BROADWAY/KIRBY
DIXIE FARM/PRLND PRKWY
2402 LONGWOOD
1302-127 BROADWAY
HOUSTON LAKE/TOWNE LAKE
MANVEL/518
SHERWOOD/BROADWAY
LAUREL LANE
YOST /PINEHILL
HERITAGE LANDING/PILGRIMS POINT
3200 BUSINESS CENTER
PINE VALLEY DRIVE
GABLE PARK/HICKORY BEND
E. WALNUT/MAIN
W.WALNUT TO VETERANS
NORTHSIDE ENTRANCE REC CENTER
MCCARD/OLD ALVIN
4000 BAILEY
OILER
PEARLAND PARKWAY SB
BROADWAY/HARKEY
NORTHDOWN SUB DIV
RETENTION POND N. OF ACADEMY
HIGHLAND GLEN/OLD ALVIN ENTRANCE
BISCAYNE BAY
WINDWARD BAY
288 FEEDER/SHAD CRK PRKWY
2700 KINGWOOD
SCARSDALE/BOGEYWAY
SPRING MEADOWS RETENTION POND
NB/SB DIXIE FARM IMPASSABLE FOR EMS
YOST IMPASSABLE EMS
FITE /HARKEY/ WAGON TRL
1400 BRDWY EB LANE
1300 BRDWY
ORANGE/WOODY
BRENTWOOD/OLD ALVIN
 
IN ROSENBERG
Road Closures due to flooding: Hwy 90 @ Lane Dr
Hwy 90 @ SH 36
I69 @ FM 762 & Reading Rd
Lane Dr @ Mustang
Commercial Dr @ Town Center
 
It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
 

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Sunday Hurricane Updates From Houston


 

8:02 p.m.
 
A deputy had to be transported after being injured in an accident involving a rescue boat in Dickenson. Texas City Fire Department members loaded him into an ambulance.
 
Galveston County Sheriff's Office and Galveston Police Department say they're ending rescue operations for the night because it's too dark.
 
7:51 p.m.
 
County offices will be closed Monday.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Urges People to Heed Local Warnings


 
HOUSTON, Texas - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined Fox News' 'America's News HQ,' The Weather Channel, and CNN's 'Newsroom' to urge Texans to heed warnings from local officials and avoid all high water areas. Sen. Cruz also discussed his efforts to allocate resources into the affected regions.
 
On Fox News, Sen. Cruz urged Texans to avoid high water areas, and heed warnings from local officials.
 
"The state of Texas is hurting right now," Sen. Cruz said to Fox News' Eric Shawn. "My hometown of Houston, we've got flooding throughout much of the city. We've got about 2,000 high-water rescues that have been ongoing. We've been seeing resources pouring into the region both from the state of Texas and at the federal level, but this is a 500-year flood and Harvey is predicted to stay here and keep dumping a significant amount of water on the region. The message I would say to folks in and around Houston and in affected areas is listen to your local officials, monitor the news but stay safe and don't go out on the roads if you don't have to. The roads are very dangerous, and every time we have an incident like this, the most frequent cause of loss of life is people that go out on the roads in a car, and they think they can make it across water, and they can't. You and your family's life could be put in jeopardy very quickly. So stay in your home, stay safe, stay high if you can if water is rising. But don't risk the roads unless it's absolutely an emergency."
 
On the Weather Channel, Sen. Cruz discussed his efforts to mobilize and allocate resources to areas affected by the ongoing flooding and disaster.
 
"A great many communities on the Gulf Coast are hurting, and as you know, Harvey is expected to stay here and continue to dump massive levels of rain which is going to only exasperate the flooding," Sen. Cruz said to Mike Bettes. "State officials, local officials, federal officials are all concentrating primarily on rescues right now. Just in the city of Houston, there are over 2,000 high water rescues that are ongoing. There are a lot of people who in distress and seeing flood waters rise."
 
Sen. Cruz continued, "I spent much of the day talking to the mayor in Houston, the county judge in Houston, the county judge in Galveston and in Brazoria and asking, 'what are the challenges?' The number one challenge the local officials are telling me is we need additional assets for high water rescues. That we've got a substantial number deployed, but that the need is even greater than the capacity. I just got off the phone 20 minutes ago with Governor Abbott, who the state has deployed 60 boats to the Houston area and 20 helicopters. They've sent about 500 DPS troopers to Houston and have mobilized a total of about 3,000 National Guards. I've had conversations today with FEMA leadership about mobilizing federal assets to get additional boats on the ground, or on the water, additional trucks, additional helicopters. And then we're seeing from across the country, ten different states have already provided resources. We're really seeing an outpouring of help."
 
On CNN, Sen. Cruz discussed the federal resources that have been allocated to the affected region, and thanked first responders for putting themselves in harms way to help their fellow Texans.
 
"I spoke to the president earlier, and he committed swift and immediate federal resources and all the support the state needed," Sen. Cruz said to Fredricka Whitfield. "I was very appreciative of his direct and personal level of concern. Yesterday I spoke with Vice President Pence right after the President had convened a video conference cabinet meeting, and the Vice President conveyed to me, the President directed every cabinet official to move as swiftly as humanly possible to marshal resources on ground to meet the need. We've been seeing that level of cooperation. In fact the Governor told me he's in the process of signing an agreement with the federal government to create a duel status command center so that you don't have the problems of coordination between the state and federal government that we've seen in other disasters."
 
Sen. Cruz continued, "Our first responders, the incredible bravery of police offers and fire fighters and paramedics and National Guardsman and so many people that are just risking their lives. And as you know you mentioned a minute ago, also just neighbors helping neighbors in Houston and Galveston, there's been a call to private citizens, if you've got a flat bottom boat and can assist in rescue efforts, to do so. And that's one of the most incredible things we see is whenever natural disasters strike, in Texas and sadly we're big enough that we've had a significant number of natural disasters, we always see Texans coming together and neighbors helping neighbors and we're seeing that right now as well."

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Governor Abbott To Receive Briefing And Survey Storm Damage In Coastal Bend Region


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott will receive a briefing on Hurricane Harvey at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Corpus Christi and survey storm damage in the Coastal Bend region on Monday, August 28th.

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Weather Update


 

As of 4 p.m. CDT Sunday afternoon, parts of the southeast Houston metro area had received more than 25 inches of rain. One location northeast of Houston, near Dayton, logged more than 27 inches of rain in 48 hours.
 
The average rainfall within the Harris County Emergency Management network has exceeded that of Tropical Storm Allison (2001) in almost half of the time (2 to 3 days versus 5 days).
 
 

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Governor Abbott Establishes Dual Status Command In Response To Hurricane Harvey


 
AUSTIN  Governor Greg Abbott today requestedfrom Secretary of Defense General James Mattis that a Texas National GuardDual Status Command (DSC)be establishedallowingfor asingle commander for both federaland state forces to overseeresponse to thedevastation statewide of Hurricane Harvey.
 
"It is imperative that we give our military and first responders on the ground the most efficient method of execution when responding to the urgent needs of Texans," said Governor Abbot. "The Dual Status Command will ensure that the Texas National Guard is overseeing all response effortsin a way that most closely coordinates with federaltroops and military efforts to ensure the needs of thevictims of Hurricane Harvey are being met as swiftly and effectively as possible. I thankSecretaryMattis for his cooperation and immediateresponse to our requestandcontinue to assure the people of this state that Texas is doing everything possible to aid in your time of need."
 
The DSC will centralize command and control,provide both federal troopsand the Texas National Guardchains of command with a common operating picture, andfacilitate
 
unity of effort from all assigned forces. During the DSC operation, the National Guard remains a state entity under the exclusive commandand control of the governor, while the president remains the commander-in-chief of federal troops.
 

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Governor Abbott Requests The Addition Of Counties To Presidential Disaster Declaration


 

AUSTIN  Governor Greg Abbott today requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) add 12 Texas counties to the Presidential Disaster Declaration granted last week. The original request, which was quickly granted by FEMA, will provide Individual Assistance, Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation to Texas counties affected by the storm.

 
"Our partners at the federal level have stood ready to answer the call for help from Texas, and I am thankful for their assistance as we continue to assess the situation in expanded areas across our state," said Governor Abbott. "Many parts of Eastern Texas, especially in and around Houston, are experiencing historic flooding causing the need to grow for additional resources that will allow us to answer the call for help from our fellow Texans. I thank those at FEMA for their attention to the severity of the situation in Texas and the people of this great state for coming together in this time of need."

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PANOLA COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS THE WEEKEND


 
The Panola College Fillies opened their season at the Rose City Classic
with a bang, taking down all 3 opponents in straight sets. The Fillies
defeated North Central Texas College (25-21, 25-11, 25-13) in their first
match of the season. Sophomore right side Kaitlyn Adams and sophomore
outside Jaqueline da Silva paced the offense with 6 kills apiece. Sophomore
and freshman middle blockers Barbara Sabino and Daphinie Correa each
chipped in 5. Sophomore setter Cayman Sutton racked up 13 assists and
freshman setter Molly Harris added 9 in her debut. Correa also dominated
the net, notching 5 block assists and 1 solo.
 
The Fillies returned Saturday for an early morning match against conference
foe Navarro College. After fighting off 2 set points, Panola notched a
27-25 victory to take momentum before winning the next two sets 25-12,
25-21. Once again Kaitlyn Adams led offensively with 8 kills on 15 swings.
Sophomore right side Melanie Casteel and Jaqueline da Silva added 7 apiece
and Barbara Sabino notched 6. Cayman Sutton and Molly Harris dished out
double-digit assists with 15 and 12 respectively. Defensively Correa and
Sabino combined for 10 total blocks with half of those coming from solo
blocks. Sophomore libero Camie Copeland anchored the floor with 10 digs,
while freshman defensive specialist Hannah Ramirez and da Silva added 7
each.
 
Panola was able to showcase their depth in their final match of the day
against Temple College, gaining key contributions from several players in a
25-10, 25-8, 25-14 victory. Sophomore right side Jasmine Sanchez pounded
out 5 kills with freshman outside/setter Rebecca Rabius adding 4 of her
own. Freshman middle blocker Thaynara Godoi, Melanie Casteel, and freshman
outside Alyssa Lozoya chipped in 3 apiece. Sophomore setter Kinly Carter
racked up 11 assists and Rabius added 5. Defensively, Hannah Ramirez
notched 5 digs with Rabius and Lozoya picking up 4 of their own.
 
Panola College Volleyball returns to action Tuesday night in their home
opener against Brookhaven College at 6pm in Arthur Johnson Gym.
 

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Victory over Japan Day


 

World War II came to an end with the formal surrender of the Japanese on
September 2, 1945 aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay and this day has
become known as VJ Day (Victory over Japan).
 
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
will hold an observance on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Veterans
Memorial on the grounds of the History Courthouse in Center.  
 
The program will begin at 10:00 am and the names of those from Shelby County
lost in the pacific war that are buried overseas or still missing in action
will be read.  A memorial wreath will be placed on the Veterans Memorial in
honor.  Taps will be played to end the program.  If you know of a WW II
Veteran that served in the Pacific and can attend or you would like to
represent them, please contact Post QM Larry Hume 598-2976.  The public as
always is cordially invited.

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Space Center Houston Closed


 

Space Center Houston will remain closed through Tuesday, Aug. 29, because of severe weather. We are monitoring conditions and will announce the operating hours for Wednesday, Aug. 30.

 

 

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FROM THE CITY OF NACOGDOCHES OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT


 
As we all know, Hurricane (now tropical storm) Harvey has caused severe damages in the lower Texas coast area and is currently causing extreme flooding in the Houston Area.  Officials with Nacogdoches Emergency Management have been, since Friday morning, in regular contact with regional and state emergency management officials. As of 6:00 pm Sunday, August 27, this is the situation in Nacogdoches:
 
Currently no shelters have been opened in Nacogdoches. We are following the request of state emergency operations officials. Shelters are opened on a pre-determined state plan to better insure the safety of those evacuating as well as taking into consideration possible local needs. If we are notified to open shelters, they will be opened quickly, and information will be disseminated at that time.
 
Gasoline is currently available in Nacogdoches. A check with distributors this morning indicates no supply problems.
 
A check of our two creeks in the city at 5:15 p.m. today showed them flowing almost normally and well within their banks. The ground is currently saturated, and more light rain is forecast. Persons in low lying areas should be mindful of the possibility of rising water within the next 24 hours, but that is not forecast by the weather service at this time.
 
FORECAST: The National Weather Service has indicated our area could receive an additional 3” to 6” of rain between this afternoon and Wednesday. Nacogdoches County is right on the breaking line (see posted graphic). This should be in the form of showers.
 
We will issue an update tomorrow or earlier if the situation changes.
 

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Hurricane Harvey Update


 

Harvey is drifting South toward the Texas coast and is forecast to move
offshore within 24 hours.  The storm is forecast to stay offshore for 1 to
2 days. Some minor restrengthening up to 45 mph is possible before moving
back inland within 72 hours across upper Texas coast.
 
 

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Local Weather Update


 

*?The 5 day threat does include a marginal possibility of tornado
development as with all Tropical systems even though this one associated
with the remnants of Harvey are rapidly turning into just a Tropical
depression. *
 
*Harveys continued coastline movement is bringing Gulf inland moisture
flow.  That will continue into our area during the period and will be
changing as does Harvey...?*

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Hurricane Harvey Update


Harvey has stalled inland over Texas, resulting in catastrophic, record flooding.
 
Periods of torrential rain will continue over parts of Texas the next several days with more flooding likely.
 
Some locations southeast of Houston have seen more than two feet of rain in 24 hours.
 
The flooding has rivaled what was observed during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 in some locations.
 
Tropical Storm Harvey has stalled over Texas where extreme rainfall has occurred in the Houston metro area, leading to record-breaking, catastrophic flooding. Days of drenching downpours are ahead along with the potential for tornadoes and lingering coastal flooding.
 
Localized rain amounts of 40-50 inches are not out of the question once Harvey's rain is finished later this week. This may end up being one of the worst flood disasters in U.S. history.
 
In the 24 hours through Sunday 6 a.m. CDT, parts of the southeast Houston metro area had received more than 20 inches of rain. One location in far southeast Harris County near Webster logged 24.28 inches of rain in 24 hours and 26.76 inches in 48 hours.

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Hurricane Harvey Coverage


 

 

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Hurricane Harvey Live Coverage


 

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Home Owner Shoots Intruder


 

A homeowner shot an alleged intruder in Corpus Christi, Texas, just as Hurricane Harvey was making landfall late Friday night, police confirmed to CBS News.
 
The victim was taken to a local hospital, and was coherent when police arrived on scene, the Corpus Christi Police Department said on Twitter.
 
Officers responded to the residents and found the had been shot in the head, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports. It was unclear if the residence had power Friday night.
 
Neither the homeowner nor victims were identified as of Saturday morning and no other injuries were reported.

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Flash Flood Watch


 

 
...Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Monday evening... The Flash
Flood Watch continues for * portions of northwest Louisiana and Texas,
including the following areas, in northwest Louisiana, Sabine Parish. In
Texas, our current northern most counties that are included: Angelina,
Cherokee, Nacogdoches,* Sabine**,* San Augustine, and *Shelby*.
 
** Through Monday evening, rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches with isolated
higher amounts in excess of 4 inches are possible through this time frame.
* Torrential tropical rainfall associated with the slow movement. *
Flooding of roads, low lying and poor drainage areas will be possible. *
 
*If encountering flooded roadways, especially if water is moving over the
Road in any fashion: please turn around, don't drown and report the
location to the local sheriff. *
 
*Precautionary/preparedness actions... *
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash
flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor
later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings
be issued.
 
*In the graphic below reflects the far outreach of the outer bands of
Harvey that are beginning to work their way into our Deep East Texas
Region.*
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

Rescue workers in Houston renewed search efforts Sunday morning for residents trapped in their homes by Tropical Storm Harvey's rising floodwaters.
 
More than 1,000 people were rescued overnight from record flooding in the area, authorities said. The storm so far has killed two people in Texas, said authorities, who added they expect the death toll to rise.
 
Law enforcement agencies advised people trapped in their houses not to take shelter in their attics unless they carried axes so they could break through to their roofs and within sight of rescue workers.

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Local Weather Update


 
These outer bands are getting closer and closer to us and with them are
more Warnings for severe weather and tornados as you can see from the radar
graphic below...keep your cell phones and laptops charged in case of
emergencies and power outages over the next week or as Harvey continues to
produce destruction with winds, rain and Severe T-storms and possible short
duration tornados imbedded in the storm bands generated by Harvey as
reflected in the image below.
 

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Space Center Houston Closed


 
Space Center Houston is closed Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27, because of severe weather. We are monitoring weather conditions and will announce operating hours for Monday, Aug. 28.

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Texas Comptroller Update


Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today that taxpayers in declared disaster areas affected by Hurricane Harvey can postpone paying state taxes while they recover from storm-related losses. Businesses located in those areas can call the Comptrollers office and request up to a 90-day extension to file and pay certain monthly and quarterly state taxes.
 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people who are dealing with this catastrophic weather event, Hegar said. This storm is forecast to bring significant damage to large areas of our state, and we know businesses and taxpayerswillneed to focus on cleanup and recovery in the weeks and months to come.Givingfolks in these disaster zones the opportunity to request a filing and payment extensionshould allow themto focus on those recovery efforts without the worry of a looming tax deadline.
 
In addition toallowing the Comptroller toextend tax-filing deadlines, Texas law exempts certain recovery-related expenses from sales tax, including:
 
 
  * the cost of labor to repair storm-damaged, nonresidential property, including office buildings and stores. Labor charges must be separately stated on the repair bill. Texas does not impose sales tax on labor for residential repairs. 
  * services used to restore storm-damagedtangible personalproperty, including dry cleaning of clothing and draperies, rug and carpet cleaning, and appliance repairsregardless of whether the property is residential or nonresidential. 
 
For more information or to request a tax filing extension, call the Comptroller's toll-free tax assistance line in Austin at 800-252-5555, or go to the Comptrollers website for answers to frequently asked questions [ http://www.comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/faqs/disaster.php ].
 
Hegar also announced the following Comptroller enforcement and field offices will be closed until at least Tuesday, Aug. 29:
 
 
  * Corpus Christi Audit and Corpus Christi Enforcement 
 
  * Brownsville Enforcement 
 
  * Katy Audit 
 
  * Beaumont Audit 
 
  * Houston Northwest Enforcement, Houston Southwest Enforcement, Houston North Audit, Houston South Audit and Houston West Audit 
 
Calls to the affected enforcement and audit offices will be automatically transferred to other enforcement offices or the Austin call center.
 
   

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Weather Update


 
Look at the outer bands in the graphic and you can see  why the Most
volatile weather that produces lots of lightning, hail, and possible
tornados is n those outer bands.
 
 
Harvey is getting caught between 2 High pressure systems. One to the WEST
over Colorado and the other has formed in the mid Gulf area. The net effect
is to further confuse the flow of Harvey and create even larger scale
issues across Texas.
 
   - Stalemates movement
   - Allows it to move and cause problems further inland
   - Allow for the real possibility of Harvey turning back over the open
   Gulf waters.
   - It is still anticipated to become a CAT 3.
   - Harvey is located currently about 50+ miles offshore and still moving
   to the NNW at 5 miles per hour

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Governor Greg Abbott to Receive a Briefing


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott will receive a briefing from the Texas Division of Emergency Management and give an update on Hurricane Harveyat the State Operations Center (SOC) in Austin, Texas on Sunday, August 27th.
 

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Governor Abbott Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration


 

If granted by the president, this request will provide Individual Assistance, Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation to Texas counties in the affected areas. This request also allows the Governor to request assistance for additional counties after damage assessments are made. The request will provide Texas with the necessary resources to respond to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Harvey in order to help save lives and to protect property, public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a disaster. 
 
Granting this request will provide Texans the additional resources needed to protect themselves, their property and rebuild their lives if necessary after Hurricane Harvey, said Governor Abbott. I spoke with President Trump yesterday and am confident that he will move quickly to grant this request and provide the people of Texas with everything they need to recover from this storm. I want to continue to encourage Texans to take this threat seriously, heed warnings from local officials, and do all they can to prepare as the state of Texas works to ensure we are in the best position to respond to urgent needs following this storm.
 
 
 
 

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Hurricane Harvey Update


 

At least one person is dead after Tropical Storm Harvey roared into the south Texas Coast Friday as a Category 4 hurricane.
 
According to media reports, a man was killed when his house caught fire at the height of the storm. 
 
Officials in several coastal Texas towns asked residents to stay away until they could get a better scope of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, during its Friday night landfall.
 
A curfew was in place in Port Lavaca because all power, water and sewer services were down, the city's police department said in a Facebook post.
 
In Port Aransas, Mayor Charles Bujan told The Weather Channel there were no fatalities but damage was widespread – including a trailer park that is 100-percent destroyed. Search and rescue operations continued in the town Saturday afternoon, and all residents were asked to stay out of the town because damage was severe and authorities needed more time to survey, KIII-TV reported.
 
During a Saturday press conference, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also confirmed that no deaths have been reported and noted that it's too early to speculate how much property damage the storm has incurred.  
 
It's believed as many as 100 people stayed in Port Aransas to ride out the storm Friday night, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.
 
'Widespread Devastation' in Rockport
 
Buildings were ripped to shreds in Rockport and firefighters were unable to respond to pleas for help in the hours following Hurricane Harvey's Friday night landfall along the Texas coast.

 

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane-central/harvey-2017/AL092017

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Drug Bust


 
Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Thursday, August 24, 2017 a narcotics search warrant was issued for a residence located at 147 East Saddle Street in Joaquin which stemmed from an ongoing extensive narcotics investigation conducted by Chief Deputy D.J. Dickerson. The search warrant was executed by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Investigators, along with Shelby County District Attorney Investigator Joey Haley and Constable Pct. 2 Jamie Hagler.
 
The search warrant yielded the recovery and seizure of over 10 grams of methamphetamine, along with ecstasy, hydrocodone’s, oxycodone, valium, and over 3 ounces of marijuana. During the search warrant, property also recovered was zip baggies for packaging narcotics, several digital scales, drug paraphernalia, and a firearm.
 
Suspects arrested at the residence was a John Escobedo, 39 of Joaquin and a Jessica Barber, 26 of Joaquin. Escobedo and Barber were charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 >= 4g<200g, Felony 1, Delivery of Marijuana >=2oz<4oz, State Jail Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 2 < 1g, State Jail Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3 < 28g, Misdemeanor A, Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 >=1g<4g, Felony 3. Escobedo also was arrested for a warrant for Failure to Appear on Credit Card / Debit Card Abuse, State Jail Felony.
 
 
Escobedo
 
 
Barber
 
Escobedo and Barber were both arraigned by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Melissa Crouch. Escobedo’s bond was set at $85,000 along with a no bond for the FTA warrant and Barber’s bond was set at $83,000.
 
 

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Weather Update


 

The latest projections from the National Weather Service indicate Hurricane Harvey could be a Category 4 storm by the time it makes landfall on Saturday.   It’s been almost a decade since a major hurricane hit the Texas coast. 
 
 
 
 

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Weather Update Hurricane Harvey


 

After pushing well inland, Harvey is anticipated to turn to the
Northeast and may even present itself back into the Gulf and regenerate
before beginning its trek toward the North East.
 
 

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National Forest closing campgrounds


 

As Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas Gulf Coast, Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor is closing all campgrounds and trails in the Davy Crockett, Angelina and Sabine National Forests.
 
Sam Houston National Forest sites were closed earlier in the week.
 
"With potentially high winds, possible tornados and heavy rainfall, the forest is not a safe place to be," Taylor said. "Recreation areas and trails will remain closed until the storm has passed and our personnel have determined the roads and public areas are safe."
 
Taylor emphasized that national forest lands and campgrounds cannot serve as evacuation sites. "We've witnessed the destruction of high winds and heavy rainfall in recent years, and it is better to err on the side of caution than to place even one person in jeopardy," he said.
 
Reservations through www.recreation.gov<http://www.recreation.gov> will be suspended through next week.
 

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Panola Student Government


 

Student Government elects officers for 2017-2018 school year.
 
The Panola College Student Government Association will meet at 4 p.m. every
Thursday in the Community Room of the M.P. Baker Library. All interested
students are invited to attend and participate in SGA.
 
 
 
Officers for 2017-2018 include President - Ryan Hamilton, Vice President -
Melissa Herrera, Secretary - Julie Hernandez, Treasurer - Alexandria
Lavender, Parliamentarian - Samuel Slone and Reporter - Andres Leon.
 
 
 
Brian Naples, government professor, and Jody Harris, student activities
coordinator, sponsor the SGA. Follow SGA activities on the official Panola
College SGA Facebook page and in the Pony Express online at
www.pcponyexpress.org.
 
 
 
 
 
The 2017-2018 SGA Executive Board are, from left, Jody Harris, Samuel
Slone, Alexandria Lavender, Julie Hernandez, Ryan Hamilton, Melissa
Herrera, Andres Leon, and Brian Naples.
 

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TxDOT UPDATE


 

LUFKIN - SL 287 in Lufkin will continue to see single lanes of traffic on the east side as crews work to complete sealcoating applications. In addition, work is scheduled on US 59/SL 287 at Chestnut Drive/FM 58 to upgrade metal beam guard railing to design standards.
Motorists should expect daily work hour lane closures through these and other work zones in the nine-county Lufkin District. Motorists could experience delays and traffic congestion during peak travel hours. They are advised to reduce speed and obey all traffic signage. Stay alert to moving equipment and workers throughout all work zones.
 
Work schedules are subject to change in inclement weather. For more information on driving conditions and closures throughout the state, visit drivetexas.org. Work scheduled for the week includes:
 
ANGELINA COUNTY
US 69: Preparation to shift traffic and begin work on cross structures is scheduled this week from the Huntington city limits to FM 844.
US 59/SL 287: Work is scheduled to replace metal beam guard rail at the ramps and frontage roads of Chestnut Drive and FM 58 on this project that will improve guardrail to design standards. Daytime lane closures expected.
US 59: Sealcoating will be placed in coming days on this project designed to resurface existing pavement from just north of FM 2021 to the Angelina River Bridge. Alternating lane closures expected.
 
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
FM 1878: Construction on abutments and columns will continue on this project designed to replace the bridge at La Nana Creek.
FM 2783: Crews will work to rehabilitate the road from SH 204 to the end of pavement.
FM 343: Crews are scheduled to work on driveways and mailbox placements on this project designed to reconstruct and widen the pavement from the Cherokee County line to FM 225.
FM 1087: Work will continue to safety treat cross structures and culverts from US 259 to FM 95.
 
SAN JACINTO COUNTY
US 59: Concrete will continue to be set on a project designed to add a southbound frontage road and reconstruct the main lanes of traffic from just south of the United Pacific Railroad in Shepherd to just north of FM 2914..
FM 223: Work is scheduled to clean and replace delineators, signs and mailboxes.
FM 1725: Crews will be trimming limbs and dead trees from the right of way in various locations.
FM 3128: Work is scheduled to rehabilitate about 2 miles of pavement and clear ditches in various locations.
 
HOUSTON COUNTY
SH 21 East: Level up repairs are scheduled from FM 3187 to FM 227.
SH 21: Crews will continue to undercut the eastbound lanes and remove concrete on this project designed to reconstruct the pavement and add passing lanes from 2.3 miles east of FM 2967 to SH 7.
SH 19 South: Base and level up repairs are scheduled from Loop 304 to Spring Mar.
SH 19: Crews will work to install metal beam guardrail on the east side of the roadway. Shoulder closures expected.
FM 227: Work continues to reconstruct existing pavement and widen the roadway from 4 miles west of SH 21 to the SH 21 intersection. Daily lane closures expected.
FM 2110: Base and level up repairs are scheduled from LP 304 to the end of pavement.
SL 304: Base work and edge sealing is planned on the loop from SH 7 East to SH 21 East.
CR 1155: Crews are expected to begin removing the steel frame in a bridge replacement project at the Neches River relief. Anderson Crossing is expected to be closed through March, 2018.
 
SHELBY COUNTY
FM 947: Crews will be repairing edges in various locations.
FM 415: The bridge deck has been placed and bridge railing is under construction on the bridge replacement project at Bear Bayou.
FM 417: Crews are scheduled to work on driveways, mailboxes and metal beam guard fence after the recent cement treatments to reconstruct and widen the pavement from SH 87 to FM 139.
CR 4855: The bridge deck is complete and crews are working to construct the wingwall for the box culvert at Byfield Creek.
CR 4760: Work continues on the construction of the box culvert on the bridge replacement at the tributary of the Attoyac River.
CR 4256: Guardrail work is scheduled at the tributary of Flat Fork Creek after the recent bridge replacement.
Various locations: Work is scheduled to repair signs, apply herbicide and patch potholes.
 
SABINE COUNTY
FM 2343: Crews will be repairing road base in various locations.
 
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
US 96: Hot mix is being applied to the surface after completion of the southbound lanes on this project designed to add passing lanes and reconstruct existing pavement from the Shelby County line to FM 3451.
SH 21: Concrete placement is scheduled to begin on the bridge deck at Perkins Creek. The approaches at Venado Creek and Perkins Creek are being constructed as part of the bridge and approach replacements at both locations.
SH 21: Barricades are set and crews have started the drilled shaft foundations for the bridge replacement at Niciper Creek.
FM 705: Work to upgrade culverts and metal guard railing will continue from SH 147 to the end of pavement.
 
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 

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Why all the Rain?


 

Below is the reason why the rainfall totals vary so much.
 
   - speed of movement...training over the same areas.
   - intensity of the storm....outer bands
 
Right now Harvey is at forward movement of 5 MPH...drenching rain
 

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San Augustine Commissioners Court


 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the San Augustine Commissioners Court will be held on
Friday, the 25TH day of August , 2017, at 2:00 o’clock P.M. in the Commissioners Court Room
at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following subjects will
be discussed, to-wit:
 
CALL TO ORDER
 
Establish Quorum
 
1. Discuss and take action on Emergency Management Preparation .
 
2. Adjourn.

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Special Meeting


 
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 28th day of August, 2017 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 monthly expenses.
 
2. Public discussion on agenda items.
 
3. Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent-FCS, to seek approval to utilize county travel to attend National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences conference in Omaha, Nebraska to represent Shelby County in receiving the Greenwood Frysinger National Award in recognition of the Shelby County Community Garden project.
 
4. Steve Smelley with the Way Companies to present information to the Commissioners Court regarding Energy Sustainability of the County Buildings and request authorization to perform an Energy Audit of the County Buildings at no cost to the County and present an action plan of their findings to Commissioners Court.
 
5. Alison Scull with Bounds Insurance Agency to present the Court a quote on Workers’ Compensation Insurance.
 
6. Open bids for Janitorial Services.
 
7. County Treasurer to discuss Attorney General Opinion KP-0160 – Payment of Claims Against the County.
 
 
8. Adjourn.
 
 
 

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East Texas Poultry Festival Creative Arts Committee Plans Creative Arts Show


 

The 41st East Texas Poultry Festival will be featuring local Creative Arts through the annual Creative Arts Show, sponsored by Scull Timber, along with a Can-A-Rama featuring local canned goods.  The Creative Arts Committee has expanded this year’s show to include art, crafts, horticulture, woodworking and metal art along with photography, quilting and canning.  
 
All creative arts divisions have several classes of judging categories and are open to youth and adults that will be judged in separate divisions.  Ribbons will be awarded to the top three places in each category along with a sweepstakes rosette for top point winner in both divisions.  
 
Creative Arts entries will be on display at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Gym Building on Thursday, October 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Here is your opportunity to showcase your handiwork in quilting or canning, horticulture, crafts, woodworking, metal art, photography or display your grandmother’s heirloom quilt.  
 
Registration packets and guidelines are available at the Chamber office, at the County Extension office’s new location at 266 Nacogdoches Street.  For more information, please contact the Chamber office at 936-598-3682 or Jheri-Lynn McSwain at 936-598-7744.
 
 

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Tom Johnson Weather Update


 

*Harvey has now developed into a Category 1 Hurricane* with sustained winds
of 80 MPH. It is showing a much larger & stronger group of outer
rainbands with T-storms embedded, a tightening of the rotation, a clear
eye, and shows to be rapidly gaining strength to what is forecast to be a
CAT 3 Hurricane by landfall with winds estimated to be in the 113-138 MPH
range.
 
Just look at the area of the Gulf being covered with its current 12:15 PM
status in the graphic below.
 
 
With the size and strength, many low lying areas from Corpus to San Antonio
to West of Houston are in volunteer or mandatory evacuation as the storm
surge and rain estimates of 15-20 inches with locally heavier amounts to
upwards of 30 inches will place many roads under 4-6 feet of water. All
State of Texas Emergency Management Centers are in a state of full
activation or partial depending on their location. Assets are being
deployed to the targeted areas from all across the state. No contra flow is
in effect, but IH 37 will be the first to be declared as it is the first
evac route from the primary Harvey impact area. If a person is NOT out of
the impact area by noon on Friday, they risk being isolated for 3-5 days.
 
 This drain off will take 3 weeks or more if we get no added rainfall.
 

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Hurricane Harvey Update


 

 

The Storm Surge Warning has been extended northeast of San Luis
Pass to High Island Texas.
 
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
 
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Port Mansfield to High Island Texas
 
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* South of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande
 
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Port Mansfield to Matagorda Texas
 
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* North of Matagorda to High Island Texas
* South of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande
 
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* South of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande
 
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* South of the Mouth of the Rio Grande to Boca de Catan Mexico
 
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,
during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a
depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather
Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at
hurricanes.gov.  This is a life-threatening situation.  Persons
located within these areas should take all necessary actions to
protect life and property from rising water and the potential for
other dangerous conditions.  Promptly follow evacuation and other
instructions from local officials.
 
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area.  A warning is typically issued
36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-
force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
dangerous.  Preparations to protect life and property should be
rushed to completion.
 
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
 
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-
threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the
coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
 
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.
 
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area.
 
In addition, interests in southwestern Louisiana should continue to
monitor the progress of this system.
 
For storm information specific to your area in the United States,
including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor
products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast
office. For storm information specific to your area outside the
United States, please monitor products issued by your national
meteorological service.

 

 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for San Augustine Rural Water Supply


 

Boil Water Notice Rescinded for San Augustine Rural Water supply, it is no longer necessary to boil your water as of today 8/24/17.  Once again the boil water notice is lifted for the San Augustine Rural Water Supply.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

As of 10am the NWS Shreveport office that serves our region has Deep East
Texas over to Monroe, La as the primary area of concern for heavy rain and
flooding of low lying areas, small streams, rivers and Toledo and Sam
Rayburn slated for major rises in water levels.
 
San Augustine County is split in 2 with the Southern area in the 10+ inches
of rain forecast. The upper 1/2 is still in for heavy rain in the 6-10
inches range for the 5 days.
 
T-storms with lightning, hail, flooding and possible tornados will exist
for the outer bands as is normal with TS/Hurricanes. Winds should diminish
as it moves inland.
 
   - This will NOT be a short duration Storm.
   - Rain could last thru next Wednesday of next week.
   - Lots of uncertainty with movement as there is no well defined steering
   currents in the atmosphere. So, it could turn West, come further North or
   bend East over the Southern Texas, La and Gulf coast. *BE PREPARED.* Monitoring
   of the Weather is critical for everyone's safety!
 
   - High Surf Warnings have been issued for most of the Gulf Coastal areas
   of 6-8 feet.
 
   - Harvey has now become a Tropical Storm with well defined circulation
   and large bands of rain and T-storms associated with it.
 
   - The Hurricane Forecast Center does anticipate it becoming a level 1
   Hurricane before reaching land with winds of 75 mph.
 
   - Harvey has now has met FEMA criteria levels of anticipated severity.
 
   -  Saturated soils will see lots of downed trees with even lower levels
      of wing. Power outages can therefore be anticipated.
 
Further briefings, as needed, will be made from the NWS, & State of Texas
Emergency Operations Center.
 
 
 

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Brown Arrest


 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on August 15, 2017 Deputy Adam Renfro was dispatched to a residence in Timpson in reference to a 15 year-old female runaway.
During the investigation, it was revealed through a neighbor’s video surveillance camera, that the female left her home at 11:47 p.m. on August 14, 2017.
 
Investigators with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office learned that Holly Elizabeth Brown of Garrison and her son 15 year-old son picked the female up from her residence in Shelby County.
 
Brown and 15 year-old son took the female to their residence in Garrison and hid her when approached by law enforcement officers. Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Kevin Windham found the female runaway hiding underneath a bed at the Brown’s residence in the evening hours of August 15, 2017.
 
                            
 
Holly Brown, Lorri Brown, Elma Paul Brown and the juvenile son of Holly Brown were present in the home when the runaway was located and all had knowledge the child was a runaway and failed to notify law enforcement or the child’s legal guardians of her location.
 
Warrants were issued for Holly Brown and Lorri Brown for Harboring a Runaway Child M-A).
Holly Brown and Lorri Brown turned themselves into the SCSO on August 23, 2017. Each posted a $5,000 bond and were released the same day.
 
 
 

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TxDOT UPDATE


 

Our latest weather call this morning with the National Weather Service indicated they are now expecting a higher storm surge along the Gulf, more rainfall and possibly an upgrade to a Catergory 1 or even a Category 2 hurricane as it makes landfall. The problem will be once it does, they are expecting it will stall and move very slowly. That could  mean a lot of rain for Southeast and Deep East Texas. TxDOT began preparing for this weather event yesterday here in our own district and we are also supplying manpower to aid the southern districts in their efforts.
 
 

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Nacogdoches Indivisible Meeting


 

Nacogdoches Indivisible will be holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 pm at the Jalapeno Tree Mexican Restaurant, located at 637 N University Dr, Nacogdoches TX. Anyone interested in working to promote a progressive political agenda and to elect progressive candidates is welcome to attend and to join the group.
 
 
 
 

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Forest Service proposes camping and day-use fee increases at recreation areas


 

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing camping and boating and swimming fee increases at recreation sites and adding a new day-use fee for an existing recreation site on the National Forests in Texas.
 
"The proposed changes will help to ensure fees are more comparable to similar public and private sites in the area, be consistent with inflationary costs, and help defray rising maintenance and operation costs," said Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor.  He also noted that the last price increase for most sites in Texas occurred in 2003.
 
Proposed fee changes include:
 
Sam Houston National Forest
-- Cagle Recreation Area camping: proposed $30/night/site; currently $27
-- Cagle Recreation Area boat launch: proposed $8/day/vehicle; currently $5
-- Scott's Ridge Recreation Area boat launch and swim area: proposed $8/day/vehicle; currently $5
 
Davy Crockett National Forest
-- Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area swim area: proposed $5/day/vehicle; currently $3
 
Angelina National Forest
-- Boykin Springs Recreation Area camping: proposed $10/night/site; currently $6
-- Boykin Springs Recreation Area day-use: proposed to reinstate day-use fee of $5/day/vehicle
-- Caney Creek Recreation Area boat launch: proposed $5/day/vehicle; currently $3
 
Sabine National Forest
-- Red Hills Lake Recreation Area swim area: proposed $5/day/vehicle; currently $3
 
Public notices proposing the fee increases will be posted in each recreation area and distributed through the media.
 
The Interagency (Access, Senior) Passes and Golden (Access, Senior) Passports will be honored at standard day-use locations. Senior and Access passes offer a 50 percent discount on all single occupancy campsites, boat launch sites and swimming areas.
 
The fee proposal will be presented before a citizen's advisory committee, called the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee, and the public is invited to attend and comment. The meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on www.fs.usda.gov/texas. The Regional forester will make a decision on these fee proposals after public comment is complete.
 
Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act in 2008 which allows the Forest Service to keep 80-95 percent of fees collected at recreation sites to operate, maintain and improve the sites.
 
For more information or comments regarding the fee proposals, contact Recreation Program Manager Nancy Snoberger at 936-639-8548.
 
 

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Hurricane Watch


 
A Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge Watch is posted for much of the coast of
Texas, as Tropical Depression Harvey treks northwestwards at 9 mph over the
Gulf of Mexico.
 
An Air Force hurricane hunter plane found that Harvey had
reorganized into a tropical cyclone on Wednesday morning, with a large,
disorganized closed surface circulation and top winds to 35 mph. Harvey is
expected to intensify into a strong tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane
that will bring dangerous flooding rains in excess of 10” to Texas late
this week.
 
This Hurricane Watch is the first for any part of Texas since
Hurricane Ike in 2008.

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An American Main Street


 

Join Us in honoring First Responders, followed by a Patriotic Main Street Party
Celebrating the Freedoms We Have-Remembering How We Got and Keep Them
Courthouse Square, Historic Downtown San Augustine, TX 
Patriots’ Day, Monday, September 11, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8 PM
 
Featuring:
 
Ceremonial Recognition to Support & Thank
 
First Responders/EMT/Fire/Law Enforcement/Game Wardens Hospital Emergency Staff County Wide
 
VFW & American Legion Posts
 
 
Melodies on Main Street Concert
Local Artists perform a range of American patriotic/traditional music 
 
 
Good Ole American Cookout!
Bring the whole family & friends and enjoy some great local culinary delights!
 
Candlelight closing with “God Bless America”
Remembrance of 9-11 Victims (moment of silence, Taps)
All participate
 
 

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Free Christian Concert


 

On Friday August 25th all are invited to attend a free concert featuring the Christian music group Summit Trace at the Toledo Bend Cowboy Church in Huxley, free dinner at 6:00 p.m. concert of 7:00 p.m. 

 
 

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Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as Tropical Depression Harvey approaches, and the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane and storm surge watch for the Gulf Coast. Starting at 7:00 a.m. today the SOC increased from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) and will be further elevated to levelII (escalated response conditions) starting Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 a.m. Additionally, Governor Abbott has made available any and all state resources to assist in preparation, rescue and recovery efforts.
 
 
 
The states emergency personnel are well prepared for the potential impact from TropicalDepression Harvey, and stand ready to assist in the event of any severe weather emergencies, said Governor Abbott. As the State Operations Center increases its readiness levels, I also encourage Texans in the storms path to make their own emergency preparations, heed warnings from local officials, and avoid high water areas. I ask that all Texans keep those in the Gulf Coast region in their thoughts and prayers as they prepare for this severe weather event. 
 
 
 
State resources currently engaged in the emergency preparation effort include:
 
 
  * Department of Information Resources 
  * Public Utility Commission of Texas 
  * Railroad Commission of Texas 
  * State Auditors Office 
  * Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 
  * Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas Task Force One) 
  * Texas A&M Forest Service 
  * Texas Animal Health Commission 
  * Texas Attorney Generals Office 
  * Texas Commission on Environmental Quality 
  * Texas Commission on Fire Protection 
  * Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts 
  * Texas Department of Agriculture 
  * Texas Department of Criminal Justice 
  * Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 
  * Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs 
  * Texas Department of Insurance 
  * Texas Department of Public Safety 
  * Texas Department of State Health Services 
  * Texas Department of Transportation 
  * Texas Division of Emergency Management 
  * Texas Education Agency 
  * Texas General Land Office 
  * Texas Health and Human Services Commission 
  * Texas Military Department 
  * Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 
  * Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster 
 
 

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TxDOT Update


 

LUFKIN – TxDOT has begun studying possible changes to a south Angelina County intersection where recent crashes have occurred.
 
The intersection under review is located on US 69 South at FM 326. In the wake of recent crashes, a traffic study and review is underway to determine possible changes.
 
“We have seen several accidents recently at that location,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “Whenever we see this occur it is concerning. Our engineers are currently discussing the best options for possible changes that could enhance the safety of that intersection. We welcome public comments and input on this as the process begins.”
 
Rumble strips will be placed in the roadway on US 69 to help alert traffic to the approaching intersection of FM 326 and motorists on FM 326 will also be alerted to the upcoming stop sign at US 69. Motorists should reduce speed in the area and stay alert to oncoming cars.
 
 

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Community Calendar


 

 

 

 

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Train Wreck Update Road Opens


 

UPDATE: According to the San Augustine Sheriff's office the road has been reopened this morning.

 

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Troopers responded Monday morning 8/21/17 to a train derailment caused when a commercial vehicle crashed into railway cars on FM 1279.
 
 
The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 10:18 a.m. on 8/21/17, a 2006
Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer hauling timber was traveling west when it struck
a moving northbound train consisting of forty six rail cars. Thirteen were derailed
and overturned in the collision. One of the overturned railcars contained sodium
hydroxide - the liquid spilled onto the ground. Hazardous materials teams were sent out
to clean-up the area. Three homes were evacuated for safety purposes.
 
The driver of the log truck is identified as James Cartwright, 33, from Shelbyville.
Cartwright was transported to San Augustine County Memorial Hospital for
possible treatment. This investigation is ongoing and further information is not
available at this time.

 

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San Augustine Boil Water Notice


 

Boil Water Notice for San Augustine for all customers on the West Side of San Augustine or near Hwy 96 South and on 147 South.
 
For more information call 936-288-0489.
 

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Produce Drop this Morning in Center


 

FOOD PRODUCE DROP THIS MORNING: BETWEEN 8:30 - 10AM
OLD CVS PARKING LOT IN CENTER.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

"Monday, August 28, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting August 28, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  We will be electing officers for the next year.  Please remember it is time to pay your dues if you haven't already done so.
 
At our July meeting I announced that this month's program would be on Civil War Sharp Shooters.  Our guest speaker had to delay his program until our September meeting.
 
All interested parties are encouraged to attend, and any male descendant of a confederate soldier who was in good standing is eligible to join. The public is welcome. Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive about 6:00 PM so you’ll be ready for the program. Contact Jim Barrett (936) 254-2618 for additional information." 
 

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Comptroller Glenn Hegar Announces Low Interest Rate for Texas Short-Term Notes


 

(AUSTIN) Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced todays sale of $5.4 billion in Texas Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs) received a net interest rate of 0.96 percent. 
 
We received the highest possible short-term credit ratings from Wall Street, which helped drive down the cost of borrowing, Hegar said. Im proud to say Texas is a solid investment.
 
The Comptrollers office received 66 bids worth $20.5 billion, 3.8 times the amount offered for sale. It is the first time Texas has had to issue TRANs since 2014. Prior to that, Texas had sold TRANs annually since fiscal 1987. 
 
Money from TRANs sales is used to help fund expenditures such as public-school payments madeearly in the fiscal year,beforethe arrival of tax revenues later in the year.
 
The $5.4 billion in notes from todays sale will be repaid on Aug. 30, 2018.
 
 

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Commissioner Christian Tours East Texas RRC Operations


 

KILGORE - Commissioner Wayne Christian (R -Texas) today toured oil and gas cleanup
 sites in East Texas while visiting the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) district
office in Kilgore. During his visit, Christian emphasized the important work done
at the district level to ensure the responsible production of oil and gas.
 
"The Railroad Commission is not simply three commissioners making decisions down
 in Austin," said Christian. "It is an agency of hundreds of hardworking men and
 women across the state, fighting to ensure Texas remains both prosperous and environmentally
safe."
 
Christian toured two abandoned oil and gas sites where cleanup operations are ongoing.
Clean up at each site is expected to exceed one million dollars. No taxpayer funds
will be used to pay for the cleanup operations. Funding for both projects comes 
from the Oil and Gas Regulation and Cleanup Fund (OGRC), which is made up of production
tax, fees and penalties paid to the RRC by oil and gas industry operators.
"It is important to always remember that everyone in the state from oil and gas 
producers to environmentalists are our constituents," continued Christian. "The 
work done at the district-level has helped ensure the Texas Miracle remains alive
and well."
 
While in Kilgore, Commissioner Christian took time to thank District Office staff
for their commitment and dedication to serving the RRC and Texas. He also spent 
time in the community at the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College to view re-creations
of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s, and at the popular Country Tavern
BBQ.
 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

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DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the
public's help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from DeSoto Parish Area.
 
Tracy G. Clark of Pelican, La. Clark is wanted for Domestic Abuse Battery
(Second Degree Battery). Clark is described as a black male, 6'1" tall and
weighing 235 lbs. Clark is 54 years of age.
 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000.00 for
information that results in the suspects arrest. Anyone with information is
asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) or contact the
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 872-3956 and request to speak with
Capt. James Clements. All calls are confidential.
 
 

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Ice Cream Social


 

Patroon Baptist Church is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, September 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Curious about what God's doing at Patroon Baptist Church? Wondering if you could see yourself attending service with us? This is a great opportunity for you and your kiddos to have homemade ice cream while you meet our youth leaders, learn about and register your children for our Awana Club Program, see our facilities and find out what the upcoming season at Patroon Baptist has in store. 
 
 

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NEUVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH HOMECOMING 2017


 

Will be held on August 27th starting at 10:45...Bro. John McGuire will be
preaching our 2017 Homecoming!! Lunch will be followed right after church
and at 1:30 we will have a wonderful bluegrass gospel group The Arenos from
Lake Charles LA too.
 
 
 

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Todd Spring Baptist Church Homecoming


 

The Todd Spring Baptist Church will have its Annual Homecoming on Sunday August 27th at 3:00 p.m.  Special guest will be Bishop W.C. Martin and the Bennett Chapel Baptist Church Family.
 
 

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Texas A&M AgrilLife Open House Photos & Video:


 

The Texas A&M Agri-Life Ext. had it's open house today to officially open there new location at 266 Nacogdoches St. in Center.

 

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Animal Cruelty Case


 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on August 2, 2017, Weeks and Ashley Crawford contacted Investigator Fears at SCSO to request assistance in locating their dog, Marucci, a French Mastiff that had gone missing or possibly stolen.  The Crawford’s stated that they had been out of town until late night of 08/01/2017 and had only learned of their dog being missing at that point.
 
When Weeks and Ashley went out of town for vacation, Marucci was able to get out of the fence and wander the neighborhood.  The dog ended up in a neighbor’s yard and the neighbor posted on Facebook looking for the owners, or someone who could take the dog because she could not care for it.  Preslie Nichols, 26 of Timpson responded and witness statements show that Nichols picked the dog up from the neighbor on 7/26/17, to which Nichols confirmed. 
 
When Nichols was first questioned, on 8/2/17, she stated that the dog was run over and she had found the dog in the woods when she went in search of the source of a dead animal smell.  Nichols told Investigators that she lied about the dog running off because she did not want to be responsible for the cost of the dog because it had died.
 
 
Investigator Fears and Brown were able to locate the dog and informed the Crawford’s so that they could retrieve the animal if they wanted, for burial.
 
After investigating the case and reviewing several witness statements, it was found that Nichols had tied the dog out, in a sunny part of the yard with no water or shade for better part of the day, beginning at about 10-11 am and lasting till late evening, with one witness stating that he could hear the dog panting and in distress at around 12 pm, but assumed the owner would be back shortly. 
 
When Nichols was confronted with the new information, Nichols did confirm that she picked the dog up the evening of 07/26 and that she had tied the dog up outside on 07/27 for approximately three hours in temperatures reaching 93 degrees and the humidity reaching 94 %, but claimed there was shade and water, despite witness statements claiming otherwise.  Nichols stated that she had left her home at about 12 pm to go to Nacogdoches to watch a movie and had returned around 3 pm and the dog was dead.  Nichols then dragged the dog with a four wheeler to the woods located next to her house.
 
Nichols was arrested on August 16, 2017 for Animal Cruelty (MA) for failing to care for the dog adequately or to make specific accommodations for the dog resulting in its death.
 
Nichols was arraigned by JP1 Melissa Crouch on August 16, 2017 and was released with a $2,500 PR bond.
 

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Toletha Furlow Scholarship Fund t-shirts


 

Toletha Furlow Scholarship Fund t-shirts are now on sale.  Order forms are available in the office on each Shelbyville ISD campus.  The deadline for ordering is August 31, 2017.

 

Design 1:

 

Design 2:

 
 

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A Letter from the City of Center


 

The City of Center is not entirely under a boil water notice.  Those customers affected by a boil water notice have been hand delivered written notifications by city personnel.  If a residence has not received written notification via a yellow door knocker, then the residence is not under a boil water notice.
 
 

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IRAQ WAR VETERANS TO BE REMEMBERED


 

August 31st, 2010 marked the official end to US Combat Operations in Iraq.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars will insure the patriotism and sacrifices of
this generation to include US Army Specialist Larry E. Polley, Jr. of
Center, Texas who was killed in action are never forgotten by the American
people.  
 
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
invite all Iraq Veterans and the public to a remembrance program to be held
at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse,
Thursday, August 31st at 10:00 am.  
 
If you can attend the program and are an Iraq War Veteran or the relative of
an Iraq War Veteran VFW Post 8904 would like to recognize and present you
with a certificate of service.   Call Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at
598-2976 or email  <mailto:chief@chiefimaging.com> chief@chiefimaging.com
with the veteran's name and who will be attending for the presentation.
 
 

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House of Refuge Ministries Guest Speaker


 

The Pastor and Members of The House Of Refuge Ministries.  Presents: Bro Josh Black a native of Shelby County to Preach his First Message.  Sunday August 27,2017 at 3:00 p.m. Josh is the son of Melvin Black and Patricia Nash.  Everyone Is Invited.  

 

 

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Halloween in the Hole


 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and John Burns – Farmers  Insurance Agency will host the 4th annual HALLOWEEN IN THE HOLE, Monday, October 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Center High School baseball field. 
 
All Shelby County businesses and organizations are invited to participate. Participants are required to provide their own table (folding table or smaller), candy or treats, table decorations, etc. Participants need a sign on the front of their table with their name.
 
Law enforcement officers will provide security to ensure all children and families enjoy a safe environment.
 
Center High School National Honor Society will have a concession stand with popcorn, drinks and snacks plus a dance party area for the kids.  Other events provided by NHS will be face painting and ring toss for prizes. Rowdy the Roughrider will be taking pictures with kids, too!
 
The sheriff’s office will provide trick-or-treat bags for the event. Children, 12 years of age and under, must be dressed in costume to trick-or-treat. Participants will NOT pass out candy to adults.
 
Bring the family and enjoy a safe evening of fun!
 
To request a table or if you have questions, contact Leah Chase at the Sheriff’s Office- (936) 598-5601, (936) 572-0423 or by email at leah.chase@co.shelby.tx.us or John Burns at (936) 427-5077 or jburns2@farmersagent.com.
 

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The Heart of the Pines Chorus


 

The Heart of the Pines Chorus in Nacogdoches will perform "Sweet Harmony Diner---Where Your Destiny Awaits" at N St. Church of Christ; 3914 North St., Nac on Sat, Sept 30 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets available at the door.
 
 

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Train Derails in San Augustine


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Troopers responded yesterday morning to a train derailment caused when a commercial
vehicle crashed into railway cars on FM 1279.
 
The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 10:18 a.m. on 8/21/17, a 2006
Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer hauling timber was traveling west when it struck
a moving northbound train consisting of forty six rail cars. Thirteen were derailed
and overturned in the collision. One of the overturned railcars contained sodium
hydroxide - the liquid spilled onto the ground. Hazardous materials teams were sent out
to clean-up the area. Three homes were evacuated for safety purposes.
 
The driver of the log truck is identified as James Cartwright, 33, from Shelbyville.
Cartwright was transported to San Augustine County Memorial Hospital for
possible treatment. This investigation is ongoing and further information is not
available at this time.
 
 
 

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Wreck in Timpson


 

Earlier today 8/21/17 a white utility van traveling east on 84 did not see a stop sign due to a swarm of bugs.
 
 
The van struck a diesel pickup truck, near the intersection with Highway 59, the truck then over turned onto it's roof top. 4 people were in the pick up all transported to Nacogdoches memorial with minor injuries.  The van driver was uninjured and cited for running stop sign.  
 
The Timpson Fire Department, Timpson EMS, Ace Ems and the Timpson Constable all responded to the scene.  Emergency crews cleared the scene and the road is now open and cleared of the wreckage.  
 
 

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The Stanleys are Back!


 

The Stanleys are back!  Saturday night August 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the Calvary Full Gospel Church.  Located on 417 2 miles east of Shelbyville.
 
 
 

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CHS Alumni Association 2017 Hall of Honor Award Winners


 

The Center High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce our 2017 Hall of Honor Award winners!  After careful consideration from one of the largest groups of nominees ever, the Committee has selected:
 
Luke Motley III, representing the Class of 1957 (celebrating their 60th Class Reunion)andJoy Ann Weaver Harvan, representing the Class of 1967 (celebrating their 50th Class Reunion)
The CHS Alumni Association would like to congratulate our newest Hall of Honor Inductees.
 
 
 

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Tyson Family Fun Day Video & Photos:


 

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Sports News


 

The Center varsity football team has a home game vs. the Tatum Eagels (TX) on Thursday, August 24 @ 7p.
 
 
The Shelbyville varsity football team has a home game vs. Elkhart Elks (TX) on Friday, September 1 @ 7:30p.
 
 
The Timpson varsity football team has a home game vs. West Sabine Tigers (Pineland, TX) on Friday, September 1 @ 7:30p.
 
 
The Tenaha varsity football team has a home game vs. Joaquin Rams (TX) on Friday, September 1 @ 7:30p.
 
 

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Chamber and Community Events


 

The Public is invited to attend a relocation ribbon cutting and Open House  on 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the new  location of
 the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in the Old  Elementary School Library at
266 Nacogdoches Street in Center.
 
The 4-H Kick-Off  Event will be Sunday, August 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Old Elementary
 School Gym on Nacogdoches Street in Center. Youth in  grades 3-12 are invited to
join Shelby County 4-H.  Projects for the 2017-2018  year will include Shooting 
Sports, Horse Project, Poultry Project,  Livestock Project, Youth Camps, Food and
Nutrition, Photography,  Fashion, Leadership and Robotics.
 

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Clara Springs Youth Camp August 2017


 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to share some photos taken during our youth
summer camp.  The camp was conducted on August 1st and 2nd and was limited
to 48 youths per day between the ages of 9 and 12 from each school district.
We had activities such as canoeing, archery, fingerprinting, team building
games and more.  Sheriff Arbuckle and our deputies wanted to thank the
parents for trusting us with your children during this event.  We all had a
great time we hope the children learned something new and enjoyed the
experience.
 
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Megan Dunn 4-H Leader Interview:


 

 

 

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Permenter Burglary Case


 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on May 12, 2017 a Wesley Permenter reported a burglary that occurred at his camp house that is located in the south eastern part of Shelby County. Mr. Permenter reported that several items were stolen which included fishing rods, televisions, battery chargers, a Black & Decker electric weed eater, and miscellaneous fishing tackle and lures.
 
During the course of the investigation, information was received that led to a search warrant being obtained for the residence of a Richard Dickerson in Carthage, Texas.
 
The search warrant was executed on May 16th, 2017 by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Kevin W. Windham, Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson, Investigator Mandy Fears and Investigator Del Birdwell along with Carthage Police Department Detective Hilton Poindexter. During the execution of the search warrant, some of the property that was reported stolen by Mr. Permenter was located and recovered.
 
An arrest warrant was issued for Richard Dickerson on the charge of Burglary of a Habitation, Felony 2 and Richard Dickerson was arrested on May 26th, 2017. Mr. Dickerson was arraigned by JP2 Marla Denby and bond was set at $20,000.
 
Mrs. Permenter came to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the property recovered during the search warrant was relinquished to her which included 10 rod and reels and a 110V Black & Decker electric weed eater.
 
Special appreciation is extended to the Carthage Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.
 

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CHS Alumni Association 2017 Homecoming Calendar Dates


 

CHS Homecoming Pep Rally - will be Friday, September 15th at 3 p.m. in the CHS Gym.
 
 
CHS Homecoming Game - will be Friday, September 15th at 7:30 p.m. vs. Gladewater.
 
 
CHS Annual Alumni Association Meeting - will be Saturday, September 16th at the Windham Civic Center.
 
 
CHS Homecoming Parade - will be Saturday, September 16th at 4 p.m. on the Downtown Center Square. (It starts at Farmer State Bank Drive-Thru)
 
 
 

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Center Schools Get Ready for the Eclipse


 

 
- CES has purchased eclipse viewing glasses for the entire elementary
   school - that will be cute/fun to watch. (grades 1-3)
 
- CMS art classes will be drawing a corona of an eclipse on the 21st
   very similar to the lesson here: eclipse2017.nasa.gov/predict-
   corona-art-project
 
 - CMS is "trying to get something organized" to see the eclipse, but I
   have not heard what. I know Donna Shannon, an 8th grade science teacher,
   will be streaming the event in her classroom.
 
 
 
 
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.
 
 
 

 

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Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce announces annual award recipients


 

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce board of directors has named the 2017 Gary Justice Business Excellence award recipients, the Citizens of the Year and the Non-Profit of the Year.
 
"The chamber of commerce directors are thrilled to have an opportunity to honor these outstanding businesses and individuals, and now we are including a non-profit from our community," said Scarlett Sloane Long, chairman of the Board of Directors. "The recognition is well deserved as they each contribute to making Nacogdoches a great place to live. Congratulations to all of them for a job well done."
 
The 2017 award recipients are: 
 
SERVPRO® of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is Small Business of the Year, award sponsored by Heritage Land Bank; 
Newk's Eatery #1057 is Medium Business of the Year, award sponsored by Regions Bank; 
NMC Health Network is Large Business of the Year, award sponsored by R&K Distributors, Inc.; 
Richard and Barbara DeWitt are the Citizens of the Year, award sponsored by Tipton Ford, Inc.; 
Nacogdoches Treatment Center is Non Profit of the Year, award sponsored by Charles Pool Real Estate, Inc.  
 
"There are many Nacogdoches County Chamber members that go above and beyond what is expected and what is necessary," said Betty Shinn, planning committee chairman. "The addition of the non-profit award expands the recognition of deserving community partners that make a big difference in the quality of life we enjoy."
 
All award honorees will be recognized and the 2017-2018 Chamber Board of Directors will be inducted at the 96th Annual Meeting & Membership Banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center, the event's presenting sponsor.
 
"Holding the event at the Fredonia will make for a memorable Chamber banquet," Shinn said. "To capture the moments and add a special touch, the planning committee has secured a photographer who will take photos of all attendees as they arrive and at their tables."
The community may learn more about each award honoree through a series of feature stories that will run in The Daily Sentinel leading up to the annual meeting. At the event, videos produced by Terri Thompson Wade will be shown during the award presentations.
 
Table reservations are available. Businesses may have corporate recognition as a Gold sponsor for $2,000, a Silver sponsor for $1,000 or a Bronze sponsor for $750. Individual tickets admission tickets are available for $40. Seating is limited, and the reservation deadline is Sept. 15. For more information, contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 936-560-5533 or send email messages to chamber@nactx.com. 
 
 
 
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors named the
Nacogdoches Treatment Center as the first recipient of the Non-Profit of
the Year award. Pictured from left are Chamber Chairman Scarlett Sloane
Long, the center's Executive Director Kathy Strong, and Chamber
President/CEO C. Wayne Mitchell.
(Photo by Kelly Daniel)
 
 
 
 

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Lovebugs


 

Few insects bring as much contempt as the lovebug.   This flying insect is best known for splattering across your windshield and causing damage to the paint on your vehicle. 
 
Interestingly enough, this is an insect that does not bite, does not sting, it doesn’t carry disease, won’t harm livestock, and doesn’t damage crops and still, there’s just nothing to love about a lovebug.
 
By all recorded accounts, lovebugs (Plecia nearctica) were established in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.  They are reported to naturally have migrated from Central America into Texas in the early 1900’s staying (originally) close to the gulf shore.  
The lovebug was first described in 1940 by a young, 26 year old entomologist by the name of D. Elmo Hardy in Galveston, Texas. At the time, he reported the incidence of lovebugs to be widespread, but most common in Texas and Louisiana.
 
Born in Utah in 1914, Hardy researched insects for over 70 years and passed away on October 17, 2002 in Honolulu, Hawaii. During his lifetime, with just over seven decades of research, Hardy published 437 articles and notes in which he named and described nearly 2,000 species of flies in the Diptera order.
 
There is a common myth that lovebugs are from Florida.  There is an even more insidious myth that lovebugs were either imported or “developed” in a lab by Florida scientists to get rid of mosquitoes. While preposterous and completely false, the myth still persists.  They arrived in Florida peninsula (the last gulf state they occupied) in the 1950’s. 
 They continued their movement north along the Atlantic shore and were discovered in South Carolina in 1975.  In 2006, it was reported as far north as Topsail Beach, north of Wilmington, North Carolina.
 
I was surprised to learn that lovebugs live all year long.  It is only in the insect’s adult stage that we notice its flight in May and August. 
 
Now we all know that an insect goes thru three stages: egg then larvae then adult.  We remember well that a butterfly was once a caterpillar, right?
It follows then, that the lovebug is the adult form that we notice twice a year in May and Aug.  The adult female lovebug can lay from 100-500 eggs after mating.  These eggs hatch and the larvae then feed on decomposing matter in the “off” months where we don’t see them.  
Lovebug larvae can be found in your lawn’s thatch and under cow manure, among many other sites.  From a truly environmentalist point of view, they are described by some folks as beneficial insects because they help break down organic matter!
 
Lovebug adults are attracted to light-colored surfaces, especially if they are freshly painted, but the adults can congregate almost anywhere by reacting to the effects of sunlight on automobile fumes, asphalt, and other environmental factors that are still not completely understood.
Officially, lovebugs are considered a nuisance pest.  While you and I are certainly tired of dealing with them, their lack of “impact” on food production and human health put them quite low on the list of problematic pests that researchers are working on.  To be blunt, unless lovebugs start spreading disease, damage livestock or food crops, there is little chance that we’ll have any breakthroughs in their control or abatement. 
 
Their main damage is to your car or truck.  Smeared guts across your windshield can make driving hazardous.  An incredibly excessive number in your vehicle’s radiator may cause it to overheat. But the primary problem we fuss and fume over is the condition to the paint and other surfaces that the innards of the lovebug stick adhere. 
 
 

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TxDOT Recommends Lower Speed Limit on State High Way 7


 

LUFKIN – After the completion of a recent speed study and reevaluation on a portion of roadway located on SH 7 East, TxDOT is recommending for approval the speed limit be lowered from 75 mph to 65 mph.
 
The section of SH 7 East that will be affected includes .3 miles east of SL 224 in Nacogdoches to Martinsville. The change also includes just east of Martinsville and continues on SH 7 through San Augustine County and will end at the Center city limits in Shelby County.
TxDOT is required to evaluate speed limits periodically every five to 10 years.  Speed studies are also conducted if requests are received on roadways that have not recently been evaluated.  TxDOT received several requests for a new speed study on SH 7. As a result of that speed study, the Lufkin District is submitting for approval the recommendation that the speed limit be lowered.
 
A speed study consists of radar samples, an accident analysis and a review of existing roadway conditions.  TxDOT uses a method referred to as the 85th percentile to determine speed limits.  This method represents the speed at which the majority of drivers are traveling at or below for a particular section of highway.  The 85th percentile is determined by radar samples of free flowing vehicles on an average week day during fair weather.  The accident analysis consists of a review of the accident history over the past three years plus the current year.  A thorough review of the accident history will reveal any patterns if present.
 
If the speed study reveals a reduction in speed is justified, recommendations are submitted for approval.  The Texas Transportation Commission decides speed limits in Texas and if approved a minute order is issued establishing the new speed limit.
 
For more information, contact
Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 

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Log Truck Overturns Near Ace Hardware in Center


 

 

 

 

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Lil' Riders Punt, Pass, and Kick Camp Photos


 

 

 

 

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Joaquin ISD Substitute Training and Orientation


 

Joaquin ISD will be holding a Substitute Training and Orientation on
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Joaquin ISD Administration
Office.  Please complete an online application found on the JISD website,
www.joaquinisd.net, under employment opportunities. For more information
contact Donna Vergo at (936)269-3128 ext. 225.
 
 

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Lil' Riders Punt, Pass and Kick Camp Today! 8-17-17


 

The Center Lil' Riders Punt, Pass and Kick Camp today at 5:00 p.m. at the Roughrider Stadium.
 
 

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Weather Update


 

A High pressure dome is settling in over Texas and should prevent any
Major hurricane activity from development over the Gulf area just as it did
with Hurricane GERT you can see in the graphic above bending on out to the
Atlantic.  Gert is producing just some sea waves and slightly higher tides
than normally seen.
 
IF the T-storms and showers do sink further South into our area, we
could see a gust front wind of 30 mph as seen in Southeast OK, Northeast
Texas and Shreveport this morning and a brief rain of maybe 1/4 inch before
dying out.  Of course, this could all change rapidly.? Stay tuned to your
favorite weather sources.
 
 
 

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Center High School Class of 1987 Reunion


 

The Center High School Class of 1987 is getting ready for their 30th Annual Reunion.  They will sit together durning the Center Football game on September 15th at 7:30 p.m.  They will have a parade on the following Saturday September 16th at 4:00 p.m. starting at the Farmers State Bank in Center.  The Reunion will be held later that evening at 7:00 p.m. at the JOI Ranch located on Folsom Chapel Road 5198 FM 2026 in Tenaha, TX 75974.  The cost of attendance is $50 for a couple and $30 for individuals.  Dues can be paid at any Farmers State Bank location and for more information contact Angela Gardner at: 936-591-5711.
 
 
 
 
 

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Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ Revival


 

Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ
 
San Augustine, Texas
 
 
Healing & Deliverance Revival 2017
 
August 17-19     7pm each night
 
Guest Revivalist: Pastor Richard McCowin
 
Lone Star Baptist Church
 
Larue, Texas

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Fire in Garrison


 

Yesterday at approxiamtely 9:50 a.m. there was a single structure dwelling fire in the Garrison Area on County Road 3284.  Garrison, Appleby, Mt. Entiprise Fire Departments responded.  The Fire was put out and the Garrison Fire Department returned to the station by 11:00 a.m.
 
 

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Heat Advisory in Effect


 

There will be a heat advisory in effect today from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.

 

 

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BBQ Fund Raiser


 

There will be a BBQ Fundraiser benefiting Calvin Smith and Neera Smith this Friday at the Outreach Center next to Piney Woods nursing home off the loop in Center this Friday.
 
Calvin Invites the public to attend. To place order you can call 936-572-5342.
 
 
 
 
 

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Runaway Child Found


 

Kelly Reneau the 15 year old Runaway child from Timpson has been found and is safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Weather Update


 

Our Lows continue to be driven to the North by some strong High pressure
systems to our South over the Gulf and to our West driving all the rain
generators out of our area. This is allowing lots of humidity and Heat to
build. At 4:34pm, My weather station said it was 95.5 with a Temperature
Heat index of 113.4 with the humidity at 63%. we should have some wind to
stir the air along with some fairly decent cloud cover.
 
TOO Hot for man or beast! It's time to protect ourselves, our friends, our
relatives, our neighbors, our pets, our plants, and the elderly.
Especially the elderly whose bodies can not regulate with age.  There is a
great need for box fans to be given out to those in need of relief from the
heat.
 
Except for some possible Sea breeze generated showers during the afternoons
with this heat and humidity we will continue this pattern into the weekend.
and those will not generate as much moisture as the "Love Bugs".... unless
you are right under the T-storm/showers.
 
Our *UV* rays are in the EXTREME range so even with SPF protection you can
quickly get a sunburn.
 
Also, all the rain over the last 2 weeks or so has given our *pollen *a
restart on grasses and weeds to a high level.
 

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Woodmen Life Chapter 250 Meeting


 

Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold a reunion dinner after being off for the summer on Monday, August 21st at 6:00 pm.  Dinner will be served at Clear Springs Restaurant in Nacogdoches inside the banquet room.  All members are invited to come out and enjoy good food and fellowship.

 

 

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Today's News 8-15-17


 

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Tyson Family Fun Day


 

Tyson Family Fun day will be held this weekend on Sunday August 20th at the Portacool Park in Center, Texas from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

 

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San Augustine Chamber Membership Meeting


 

San Augustine Chamber of Commerce membership meeting today at 12:00 noon,  Speaker:
Nancy Windham, Executive Director of the Lufkin/Angelina County Economic Development Corp-- will be here,you will not want to miss!
 
 
 

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Football Scrimmages


 

 
In Riderland
 
Center Riders vs Kirbyville Wildcats in Kirbyville, this Friday at 6:30 p.m.
 
 
In Ram Country 
 
Joaquin Rams vs Logansport Tigers, home game in Joaquin this Friday at 7:00 p.m.
 
 
In the Bears Den
 
Timpson Bears will have a home game vs Groveton Indians this Friday August 18th at 5:00 p.m.
 
 
In the Dragon's Lair
 
The Shelbyville Dragons will have a home game vs the Tenaha Tigers this Friday at 6:00 p.m. 
 
 
In the Doghouse
 
The Garrison Bulldogs will have a home game vs Arp Tigers this Friday at 6:00 p.m.
 
 

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School Schedules


 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
 
Center ISD started this Monday
 
Tenaha ISD will start on August 28th
 
Shelbyville ISD starts on August 28th
 
Timpson ISD will start on August 28th
 
Joaquin ISD will start on August 21st
 
Meet the Teacher at Joaquin August 17th
also School board meeting at JISD at 6:00 p.m. on the 21st
 
Garrison ISD starts on August 28th
 

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41st EAST TEXAS POULTRY FESTIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS VENDOR DEADLINE EXTENDED


 

The deadline to apply for an Arts and Crafts vendor booth at the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival, sponsored by Farmers State Bank, has been extended to Friday, September 1. The festival will take place October 5-7 on the historic downtown Center Square. Limited spaces are still available and the applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center and Tyson Foods.
 
The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125.  Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival.  First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing representative merchandise.  At the deadline, the Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection. Applications are available for download at www.shelbycountychamber.com
 
For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Center Football This Week


 

Center Riders vs Kirbyville Wildcats Scrimmage
@ Kirbyville, Friday, 8/18.
Freshmen & JV @ 5:00 p.m.
Varsity @ 6:30 p.m.
 
 

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TxDOT Urges Drivers to Be Safe


 

LUFKIN - As the new school year begins, TxDOT is reminding drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to exercise caution in and around school zones and school buses.
 
Schools in the nine-county Lufkin District are set to begin in coming days and the safety of all school children and motorists is important. Driver inattention could cause an unsafe condition on the roadway, whether it involves pedestrians, those on bicycles or school buses.
In 2015, there were 683 vehicle crashes in Texas school zones.
 
"We are urging all motorists to pay attention and follow the law as they drive near school zones and school buses," said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District public information officer. "The statistics for 2016 are not yet available, but in 2015 the Lufkin District recorded four vehicle crashes in school zones. Even one is too many. Everyone should remain alert. Drivers should slow down and pay close attention when entering a school zone."
Safety tips for drivers to remember include:
 
  *   Obey the speed limit in school zones. Violators face fines up to $200.
  *   Cell phone use is unlawful in an active school zone and violators face fines up to $200.
  *   Drop off and pick up children in designated areas, not in the street.
  *   Be alert to children who might dart across a street or in between vehicles to and from     school.
 
 
Safety tips for pedestrians include:
 
  *   Parents and children walking to school should be alert and cross the street only at intersections or crosswalks.
 
  *   Always walk on sidewalks if they are available.
  *   Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Never assume the driver sees you.
  *   Obey all crossing guards.
 
 
Safety tips for cyclists include:
 
  *   Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
  *   Don't be distracted by electronic devices.
  *   Watch for vehicles in all directions.
 
 
When driving near a school bus, Texas law requires motorists to stop in all directions on an undivided roadway for flashing red school bus lights. Once the bus begins moving and the red flashing lights have stopped, motorists can resume driving. Violators could face fines of up to $1,000.
 
Additional information on school safety can be found on TxDOT.gov. Motorists can find traffic updates and closures on drivetexas.org or TxDOT Lufkin on Twitter.
For more information, contact:
 
Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 

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Commissioners' Court Results


 

 

 

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Photo Graphic Society Meeting


 

The PWPS will be holding our regular monthly meeting this Saturday 8/19/17 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Methodist church on Porter St. in Center. Hey all.
This next meeting will be jam packed!
 
Our challenge theme is low angle. And we are gonna try to do 2 workshops - print mounting (since we have fall shows coming up) and off camera flash. Lots to do in 3 hours so don't be late! Look forward to seeing everybody. And if you have friends, invite them.
 
For more information call or text Billie F Jones, 936-591-2426
 

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The House of Refuge Homecoming and Revival


 

The House of Refuge Homecoming and Revival will start Sunday August 20 at 3:00 our Guest Speaker will be Pastor Mario Osby of Timpson Tx. And starting Monday the 21 at 7:30 our speaker will be Pastor Carlos Johnson Timpson Tx. and Tuesday night Pastor Byron Cutee Center Tx. and Wednesday night Bishop W.C. Martin Shelbyville Tx.

 

 

 
 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING


 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday August 21st,  2017  in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.   The program will be presented by  Ron Barbee telling about the work and opportunities of TEXAS BAPTIST MEN.

 
 

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Scotty Rhodes to Speak at TAGHS August Meeting


 

If you grew up in Timpson, Scotty Rhodes probably knows who you are...and who your parents are...and their siblings! Possessed of an incredible encyclopedic memory about the people and history of Timpson, “Mr. Big” has been the “go-to guy” for information about Timpson citizenry for many years.
 
Born here in the late 1940s, Scotty is the only child of the Reverend Bob Rhodes and his wife, Mathilde. Descended from one of the extended families who came to Timpson from Tignall, Georgia around the beginning of the 20th century, Scotty grew up hearing about the early settlers of Timpson...and remembered it. He continued to amass his knowledge of the local citizenry for over the next half century...and remembered it! The Timpson Area Genealogy and Heritage Society invites the public to hear Scotty recall a minute portion of this knowledge at their August 16 meeting at 2PM in the new meeting room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets. 
 
 
 

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Timpson Budget Workshop


 

Notice is hereby given that a BUDGET WORKSHOP will be held immediately preceding the regular meeting of the governing body of the above named City. The workshop will begin at 5:00pm and will end promptly at 5:30pm on the 15th day of August, 2017. No action will be taken during the workshop. The meeting can be conducted with or without a quorum. The Economic Development Corp will also have a meeting prior to the Budget Workshop at 4:00pm to discuss adopting the preliminary budget for 2017-18.
 
Notice is hereby given that a REGULAR MEETING of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 15th day of August, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit:  
 
   Call to Order:
 
Invocation:
 
Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge             
 
Chamber of Commerce:  Chamber of Commerce
 
Council Items:  Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the
             agenda will be made at this time.  A total, not to exceed 10 minutes will be devoted 
             to these reports.
 
Presentations & Recognition:  Henry Marx will celebrate his 4th year anniversary
on August 21st.
 
     7.          Citizens Input:  This time is provided for members of the public to address the City
            Council on items that appear within the Consent and Action Items or a matter not
            listed on the agenda.  Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes.  A Citizens Input Form
            may be filled out and filed with the City Secretary prior to the meeting.       
              
     8.          Department Reports:
                             
                  A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns 
 
                  B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham
 
                  C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of July 2017, there were 45 citations
                  issued,  54 violations, 1 to juveniles and 2 to minors.  Total amount reported
                  $15,552.00, the City’s portion a 55% estimate of $8,553.60.
 
            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting there have been no bids on the 2008
            Crown Vic owned by the Police Department.  Larry Burns has received a quote on 
            a new transmission for the race track located at the Waste Water Plant for $6,199.00
 
 
     9.           Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no 
       Deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the       
       City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the   
       Minutes of this meeting.
 
 
  Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on July 18, 2017
  Consider approval of the minutes of the special meeting held on July 25, 2017
  Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of the EDC on August
  1st, 2017
  Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of July, 2017
  Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for July, 2017 
 
REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS  (10 –14)
 
                    
      10.         Discuss and take action:  Discuss & Adopt the PROPOSED 2017-2018 Budget for 
                    Water/Sewer & Electric Enterprise Funds. 
 
      11.         Discuss and take action:  Discuss and Adopt the PROPOSED Budget for the     
                    General Operating Fund for 2017-2018  including  the Streets, Parks, Cemetery, 
                    Court Technology, EDC, TVFD, Basic Operations of the City Office & Timpson 
                    City Police Department.
                    Please include in the Motion the Gross Revenue/Gross Expenditures/Size of Police 
                    Force/Net Fund Increase or Decrease.
 
      12.         Discuss and take action:  Discuss and consider adopting the Proposed
Tax Rate for 2017-2018. Read the proposed ordinance regarding the proposed 
                    Tax rate and percentage of increase if any.  
 
      13.         Discuss and take action: Consider a special called meeting, if needed, to work on 
                    the budget or tax rate. Both MUST be adopted no later than Thursday, 
                    September 28, 2017.  If no special meetings are called the FINAL BUDGET & TAX 
                    RATE will be adopted at the September 19, 2017 meeting.
    
      14.         Adjourn:                         
 

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Patroon Baptist Church Youth Fundraiser


 

Patroon Baptist Church is hosting a community lunch fundraiser on Sunday, August 27. Come eat with us after church or stop by our fellowship hall to grab a to-go plate. We will bless the food at 12:30. Everyone is welcome! The menu includes spaghetti, chicken spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, green beans, corn, and dessert. Donations are appreciated and will benefit our youth fund.

 

 

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Church Service at St. John's Episcopal


 

St. John's Episcopal church will have guest speaker Bishop Fisher from Tyler this Sunday August 13th for their 9 a.m. service.

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in Special Workshop session Tuesday, August 15, 2017 5:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
Budget Discussions.
Adjourn
 
 
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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Sabine Co. Crash


 

SABINE COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers
responded to and investigated a one vehicle rollover fatality crash on US 96 about
one mile south of Bronson yesterday afternoon at approximately 3 p.m.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2008 Nissan passenger car was
traveling south on US 96 when the vehicle crossed the northbound lane of US 96,
struck a culvert and rolled-ejecting the driver.
 
The driver of the vehicle is identified as Christopher Williams, 45, from Jasper.
Williams was transported from the scene to Sabine County Memorial Hospital and
was pronounced deceased at 4:41 p.m.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
 
 

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Wildlife management on your property


 

Friday August 18th a multi-county program will be held at the Angelina County Extension office landowners interested in the management of wildlife will have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals how they can better manage for white tailed deer. 
 
Sessions for this event include deer necropsy, prescribed fire, Managed Land Deer Program updates, antler restrictions data, and methods to deter feral hogs and beavers. 
 
A necropsy is similar to an autopsy in that whitetail deer enthusiasts can study harvested deer and determine more of the overall health than what can be observed from a visual appraisal. 
Prescribed fire is a powerful and excellent tool that when used correctly can have tremendous benefit to wildlife and native plant species.  Fire was a naturally occurring part of our local ecosystem for eons. Today we are so good at preventing and stopping destructive structural and wild fires that many don’t even know that it can be of tremendous benefit. 
 
Representatives from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be on hand provide updates on the Managed Lands Deer Program (MLDP).  The MLDP is ended to foster and support sound management and stewardship of native wildlife and wildlife habitats on private lands. Deer harvest is an important aspect of habitat management and conservation. 
 
Landowners enrolled in either the MLDP Harvest Option or Conservation Option are able to take advantage of extended season lengths and liberalized harvest opportunities.
 
Additionally, TPWD will share results from the ten years of data that they’ve accumulated on the antler restrictions that came into effect in 2006.  Antler restrictions provided a base management across property lines to allow for older bucks, improve the age structure of the whitetail deer herd and increase hunter opportunity.  
 
Lastly, we all know feral hogs and beavers can cause great destruction to property.  Hogs will tear up crops, fields, and even residential landscapes by rooting through it.  Beavers will cut down younger trees and use them to build their dams which can then cause flooding.  We will be looking at ways to legally and effectively control them. 
 
Two Continuing Education Units will be given for those agricultural producers with a pesticide license.  For landowners with a Private Pesticide License from the Texas Department of Agriculture, they are required to get 15 CEUs every 5 years to maintain their license.  
To RSVP call 409-379-4831 by Wednesday, Aug 16.   You will pay at the door.  Cost is $10 per person. 
 
We encourage anyone with an interest in benefiting white tailed deer and other wildlife to participate.  Both hunters and non-hunters will benefit.
 
 

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Shelby County Jail Sergeant Arrested


 

 
According to Joey Haley a commissioned peace officer with 123rd District Attorney's Office.  
 
On August 8, 2017 a complaint was filled by a released inmate from the Shelby County Jail.  The complainant Tony Josh Parker alleged that while an inmate at the Shelby County Jail he was inappropriately "grabbed" by the genitals by a Jail Sergeant Mr. Korey Lanier McClure.  
 
Parker stated that this happened on multiple occasions while he was a trustee at the jail.  Mr. Parker alleged that on one occasion, the Jail Sergeant called him into his office and showed him a video on his phone of an unknown male masturbating.  On this same day he also showed Parker a picture of himself naked.  In addition after he was released from the jail the complainant Parker said that he received texts asking to allow oral sex acts to be performed on him by the Jail Sergeant.  
 
Parker also alleged that while an inmate at the Shelby County Jail, he was told by McClure that if he gave him $200 he would get him released from jail.  McClure allowed Parker to make a phone call to his mother to make arrangements to get the money.  Parker stated that he was allowed to go into the recreation area by himself, where his mother gave him the money, he was then let back into the jail where he turned it over to Sgt. McClure.
 
The photos and texts were taken as evidence and Korey Lanier McClure was arrested on the charges of Improper Sexual Activity with a Person in custody, and Bribery.  According to Graves Bail Bonds he posted a total bond of $11,000 of which $8,000 was for bribery and $3,000 was for sexual misconduct. 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court


 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 14th day of August, 2017 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 the minutes of the July 10, 2017 Regular Meeting, and the July 24, 2017 Special Meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
 
2. Approve and pay the monthly expenses.
 
3. Approve Officers’ Reports.
 
4. Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
5. Discuss and possibly approve donation of pipe from Nuverra to Shelby County. Pipe will be used for culverts for County Commissioners. The pipe is located in Frierson, La.
 
6. Discuss and possibly approve contract with Bryan & Bryan Asphalt, LLC.
 
7. Judy Thompson to address the court about CR 4378.
 
8. Accept and record the Certificate of Completion of the Basic Peace Officer Course and the Reactivation of the Peace Officer’s License of Roy G. Cheatwood, Constable Precinct 3.
 
9. Discuss payment options and possibly approve the reimbursement for the utility adjustment and new highway construction costs for Loop 500 as per an Agreement to Contribute signed on August 13, 2007 between the County and the Texas Department of Transportation.
 
10. Sealed bids to be discussed and possibly accepted on Property ID 21747, located in the Jesse Amason Survey, City of Center which has been struck off the tax rolls.
 
11. Discuss and possibly advertise for bids on janitorial services.
 
12. Discuss and possibly approve the purchase of a new computer for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 from the Justice Court Technology Fund.
 
13. Discuss and possibly approve the purchase of a new vehicle for Constable Precinct 3.
 
14. David Chandler to address the court about a contract for 911 ambulance calls.
 
15. Adjourn.
 

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Commissioners' Court Budget Workshop


 

Notice is hereby given that a Workshop of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 14th day of August, 2017 at 10:00 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. Work on the budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
 
2.   Adjourn.
 
 

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Weather Update


 

I am sure by now everyone recognises the noise outside as Thunder and the
sound on your car and house is rain.
 
The National Weather Service has just issued an advisory for OKLA, Ark, NW
LA, and NE Tx for the possibility of river and small stream flooding. The
rain for those areas is anticipated to be 8-12 inches.  If you are planning
trips to these areas please stay informed through your weather radio, TV &
Radio stations. previous rain, saturated ground, and lack of drought
conditions will cause vast amounts of runoff into rivers, lakes, small
streams and coverage of low water crossings.
 
We are in a persistent and rare August event that will continue into mid
next week with more rain, and 5-8 degree cooler temperatures.  The flooding
will as always depend on where the locally heavy rainfall occurs. Whether
it has an impact on us here in Deep East Texas will depend on how far South
and West the rain sags.
 
The prime impact area is on the Red River and its watershed areas.
 

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Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Announces the Chicken Cooking Contest


 

Start testing out your Chicken Recipes for the 41st Poultry Festival Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods. Chicken dishes can be grilled, baked, fried, in a casserole, in a dip – any way you love to cook and eat chicken.  The Chicken Cooking Contest is open for participation in three categories: Youth (ages 8-13), High School Youth (ages 14-17) and Adult (age 18 and above).  
 
Trophies and cash prizes are presented to the winners in each category.  So, crank up the grill, heat up the oven and start searching for unique and delicious chicken recipes or fine tune that family favorite.
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival Steering Committee extends a special note of appreciation and gratitude to the Poultry Festival Presenting Sponsor Farmers State Bank, and Gold Sponsors City of Center and Tyson Foods.
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.  For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com
 

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Wreck Leads to Death in Huxley Area


 

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers responded to and investigated a one vehicle fatal crash on FM 139 about three miles north of Huxley yesterday evening at approximately 9:15 p.m.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2002 Oldsmobile passenger car was
traveling south on FM 139 when the vehicle drove off the roadway to the left and
struck a utility pole.
 
The driver of the vehicle is identified as Robert Jones, 28, from Shelbyville. Jones
was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by Justice of the Peace Marla
Denby.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
 
 

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HUXLEY HELPING HANDS


 

 
HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP IS HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. IT WILL BE HELD THE SECOND SATURDAY OF AUGUST 2017.  PROOF OF RESIDENCY & I.D. WILL BE REQUIRED. ONLY (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD WILL BE GIVEN. 
 
DATE: August 12, 2017
TIME: 9:00 A.M. UNTIL FOOD IS GONE
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH
901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE, CENTER TEXAS
 
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
 
 
 

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Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the recovery of stolen property in Shelby County


 
 
On August 7, The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a call for suspicious activity involving the transport of a backhoe.  Blue Diamond Hot Shot (BDHS) out of Gary, Texas was contracted by Christy Borders, 46 of Center, to transport a backhoe to Shreveport, LA.  During the course of setting up a location to pick up the equipment, Borders changed the location spots for different reasons. Borders also told BDHS that the equipment would need to he hauled after sunset. BDHS took possession of the equipment and became suspicious of the property when it was observed the vehicle identification number (VIN) appeared to have been tampered with. BDHS left the location spot with the equipment and immediately contacted the SCSO. 
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Del Birdwell and Timpson Police Officer Michelle Ashworth responded to the area where BDHS advised they had stopped with the equipment. BDHS had entered into Panola County. Law enforcement officers with the Carthage Police Department and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office responded to the location to assist Birdwell and Ashworth. 
 
Birdwell identified the equipment as a 4WD John Deere 310 SJ backhoe on a trailer. Birdwell inspected the equipment and observed that the third, fifth and ninth digits on the VIN had been altered.  A driver for BDHS advised Birdwell that Borders was calling him repeatedly. Birdwell advised the driver to tell Borders to come to the location in Carthage. 
 
Borders arrived on the scene in Carthage and Birdwell questioned her about the equipment. Borders stated she was selling the equipment for an individual whose name changed several times while she was talking to Birdwell. Borders denied having any knowledge of the VIN being altered. Borders stated she had sent pictures of the equipment to the potential buyer and had not noticed anything out of the ordinary. Borders showed Birdwell the photos she sent the buyer. The picture showing the VIN plate was taken with the plate off the machine. The picture shows two rivet holes exposed with one hole having damage around the edge. Borders was extremely nervous while being questioned by Birdwell and continuously had to gather her thoughts before answering questions.
 
Borders was advised that the equipment would be impounded until ownership could be proven. The equipment was transported to the SCSO. 
On August 8, Birdwell made contact with Doggett Equipment in Lufkin. A representative of the company ran the VIN for Birdwell and it revealed the equipment belonged to Panola County Road and Bridge. 
 
Birdwell contacted Panola County and he was advised the equipment had been sold in an auction. Panola County stated the equipment was sold to Panola Enterprises, owned by Larry Fields. 
 
 
Larry Fields contacted Birdwell to inquire about the stolen equipment. Fields traveled to the SCSO and was able to positively identify the recovered property as his. Fields further stated he had filed a report with Panola County. The equipment was released to Fields.
Charges are forthcoming out of Panola County for the individuals involved with this crime. 
The SCSO will seek warrants for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (M-A) and Tampering with Identification Numbers (M-A).
 
Panola County will seek warrants for Theft (F-3).
The SCSO would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Carthage Police Department, Panola County Sheriff’s Office and the Timpson Police Department for their assistance in this situation. 

 

 

 

 

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Felon of the Week DeSoto


 

 

 

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Woodland Christian Church Services


 

Sunday School (beginning Sep. 3) - 9:45am
Worship Service - 10:45am
Sunday Night Bible Class - pm
Wednesday Night Youth Program - kicking off August 30th 5-7pm (meal Provided)
 
Timpson, Texas - Corner of Hwy 59 & 84
Sunday School (beginning Sep. 3) - 9:45am
Worship Service - 10:45am
Sunday Night Bible Class - 6pm
Wednesday Night Youth Program - kicking off August 30th 5-7pm (meal Provided) • Adult Bible Study also offered!
 
 

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Flags at Half-Staff


 

The Texas and U.S. flags will be lowered to half-staff until sunset tomorrow in memory of former Texas Gov. Mark White as directed by Gov. Greg Abbott.
 
Flags also will be lowered again on the day of White’s interment.
 
 

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Teacher Arrested


 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Cynthia Suzett Hughes, 49, of Tenaha.
On August 4, 2017, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chad Brown was contacted by a parent of a juvenile student who attends Tenaha High School. The parent advised Brown that she believed Hughes, a high school teacher employed by Tenaha Independent School District (TISD), was communicating inappropriately with the student.
 
Brown and TISD Police Chief Derek Jeter interviewed the student who advised officers that he did receive nude photographs of Hughes. The student also told the officers on one occasion during the summer of 2017 Hughes messaged said student and stated all of her family members were away and she would like to spend some time together.
 
Brown and Jeter interviewed Hughes who admitted that she sent the nude photos to the student. 
Hughes turned herself in to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on August 9 and was arrested for the offense of Improper Relationship between Educator and Student, a 3rd Degree Felony. She was arraigned by JP-1, Melissa Crouch. Hughes posted $20,000 bond and was released. 
 
 

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Shelbyville ISD Immunization Clinic


 

State law requires all students be current on their immunizations before attending school.  Shelbyville ISD will be offering an Immunization Clinic to students enrolled in classes for the 2017-18 year.  The Clinic will be held during “Meet the Teacher,” August 24, 2017, between the hours of 3:30 – 5:30 PM…  Immunizations will be available to ALL students…  Parents should bring a current copy of student’s immunization record and, if student is insured, bring insurance card.   For more information you may contact the school nurse, Jeane Taylor at 936 598-7363.  Students who are not up-to-date on immunizations will not be allowed to attend classes, until the immunizations are complete.   

 

 

 

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Center Athletic Booster Raffle


 

The Center Athletic Booster Club is holding a raffle with a 2017 Polaris
Ranger "Camo" Crew 900 as the prize.
 
Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.
 
You may purchase your tickets at the Athletic Office
located at Center High School or from any Booster Club member.
 
The drawing will take place at the final 2017 Varsity Football game versus
Kilgore.
 
The Polaris is currently located at The Shelby Savings Bank on Selma Street
for viewing.  A photo is attached.

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Deadline for Arts and Crafts Vendor Booths


 

The deadline to apply for an Arts and Crafts vendor booth at the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival, sponsored by Farmers State Bank, is Friday, August 11. The festival will take place October 5-7 on the historic downtown Center Square. Limited spaces are still available and the applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center and Tyson Foods.
 
The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125.  Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival.  First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing representative merchandise.  At the deadline, the Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection. Applications are available for download at www.shelbycountychamber.com
 
For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 

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Project String Power


 

After 2017 Spring Recital, Maestro Leonard Kacenjar stands with violin students who played solos and group selections to share their progress in making music as students of Project String Power, Inc.
 
Project String Power, Inc. registration for violin, viola, cello, upright bass, harp, guitar (all styles), and banjo lessons is scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 10:30-12 noon at Naylor Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 308 Cottage Road, Carthage, TX. Lesson times and help with choosing an instrument to learn can be done at that time.
 
Students who have accomplished the basic requirements to join Super Group String Orchestra, Silver Dew Bluegrass Band, Texas Made Rock and Country band, Forte Cello Ensemble and/or Pineywoods Harp Ensemble can join one or more of the performance groups.  
 
There is a $25 registration fee for each instrument studied.  Application for a scholarship for lessons may be made at the time of registration.  Registration forms may also be printed from the website www.projectstringpower.org and mailed to the address given. Project String Power, Inc.  is a non-profit music school that operates with the purpose of making lessons affordable for all. For further information, please call 903-263-0598.
 
News Release from Joyce Hughes, 903-263-0598
 

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Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


 

 

 

 

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Revival and Homecoming Services


 

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Revial Services August 16-18th at 7:00 p.m. each evening.  Pastor Jospeh Hall Jr. is the guest speaker.  Homecoming services at 12 noon on the August 20th, Pastor Brandon Owens Sr. for more information call 936-572-0774.
 
 

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Wreck on HWY 7 Updated


 

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 9:00 a.m. a wreck occurred on HWY 7 between Center and Nacogdoches near fm 711 involving a passenger car, Hughes wrecker service responded along with emergency personnel from the Center Fire Department and Shelby County Sheriff's office. The road was blockaded. 
 
 
According to the Texas DPS the vehicle was driven by Ayan Ahmed 30 of Nacogdoches.  The driver was traveling at an unsafe speed left the road way hit a small tree and then entered the east bound lane overturning. There were no other vehicles involved and no passengers.  
 
The driver was taken to the Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center and issued a citation for traveling at an unsafe speed. The roadway was cleared by emergency personnel and traffic resumed.
 
 
 
 
 

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Every Veteran Has A Story


 

 

 

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Homemaker's Extension Club Meeting


 

The Homemaker's Extension Club will have their August meeting on Thursday August 17th at 1:00 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office in Center located at 266 Nacogdoches St.
 
 
 

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Shelby County Cruisers Meeting


 

Shelby County Cruisers Meeting tomorrow at T&R Steaks and More at 6:30 p.m.
 
 
 

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Center Substitute Teacher Orientation


 

Center ISD will be holding their annual Substitute Orientation on Tuesday, August 8th from 8 AM to 12 Noon at the High School Library. All district substitutes are required to attend to go over policies for the upcoming school year. For more information or questions please contact Holly Mikesh, HR Officer, at 936-598-5642.

 

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Center School Board Meeting


 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held August 8, 2017, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center High School - New Ag Building - 658 Roughrider Drive Center, Texas 75935.
 
 
 
 

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Tri-County Meeting


 

Tri-County meeting tonight for information contact them at: 936-598-6315.

 
 

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San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


 

There will be a San Augustine Commissioners' Court meeting this Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

For the Agenda Click Here:

 

 

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Center ISD Agriculture Science Building Expansion Project


 

On April 14, 2016, the Center ISD Board of Trustees approved two projects, an agriculture science building, and tennis facility expansion. After nearly 16 months of planning, preparation, and construction, the district is excited to announce the completion of the agriculture science building. The new expansion project consists of 10,500 square feet to meet the present and future needs of the agriculture science program. 
 
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department of Center High School (CHS) has seen remarkable growth and student interest over the past ten years. Currently, the CTE agriculture science program is one of the fastest growing at CHS, and many of our related programs were displaced in rooms not designed for such advanced and specialized courses. Additionally, the lack of adequate space left many interested students without the opportunity to take certain courses.  
 
On August 8, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., Center ISD will hold a ribbon cutting to open the new facility. The expansion project includes specialized classrooms for agribusiness, animal science, floral design, power, structure, and technical systems, and a meeting room for FFA and other leadership activities. We welcome you to join us on for this special moment and event. 
 
 

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Radio News 8-4-17


 

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State 4-H Horse Champ Blake Griffin Video Interview:


 

 

 

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Update on Wreck on 96 South


 

According to Texas DPS officials at approximately 1:24 yesterday John Michael Joe Lee 36 of Stonewall, LA was traveling southbound on Highway 96 South.  
 
 
He was in a 2013 White Freight-Liner pulling a 2010 black Galley Trailer when it left the right side of the roadway and overturned just inside of San Augustine County near the Shelby County, San Augustine County line.  Major damage was cause to both the truck and trailer.
 
Mr. Lee was taken by a San Augustine ambulance to the Nacogdoches Emergency Center in Center where he was life-flighted to Tyler for his injuries. The wreck did not involve any other vehicles. He was later issued a citation for failure to maintain a single lane.
 
 
 

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Shelby County 4-H'er Selected to Represent District and State in Leadership Roles


 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is comprised of 12 districts covering all 254 counties in Texas, and Shelby County is part of District 5 which is composed of 22 counties in the East region. Recently, the district conducted a leadership camp in Laneville for youth in grades 9 to 12.  At the camp, participants learned the importance of being a leader for their community, what makes a good public speaker, and giving back to their counties through community service opportunities.  At the conclusion of the camp, these youth leaders were given the chance to present a speech on the importance leadership within their counties and participate in a peer-led interview.  Megan Dunn, a Shelby County 4-H member participated in this opportunity and because of her motivating speech and outstanding interview, she was selected to represent the district as president.  In addition, Megan also selected for a position on the state 4-H council.  
 
 
The Texas 4-H Council is a team of 4-H members elected by their peers from across the state of Texas representing the twelve AgriLife Extension districts. Serving as ambassadors for the Texas 4-H program, members represent the organization statewide while collaborating with Extension faculty to plan, coordinate, and facilitate activities and events.
 
Megan also serves the state as a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador.  As a livestock ambassador, she is provided additional opportunities to develop and practice advanced leadership skills related to mentoring other youth and to advocate for animal agriculture.  We would like to wish congratulations to Megan for selection to these top district and state positions.   
 
If you have any questions regarding 4-H, please do not hesitate to contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 936-598-7744, Lane Dunn, Ag/NR Agent and Jheri-Lynn McSwain, FCS Agent.  Be sure to check us out on Facebook at Shelby Extension.
 
 

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Governor Greg Abbott Participates In White House's 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Briefing For State Leaders


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today joined President Donald J. Trump, heads of federal agencies and other Governors from across the country via video teleconference for the 2017 White House Hurricane Briefing. In addition to the President, other participants on the teleconference included Department of Homeland Security Acting-Secretary Elaine Duke and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, who discussed the importance of readiness efforts and provided an overview of response to and recovery from a hurricane. 
 
During the teleconference, Governor Abbott spoke about the preparedness efforts already underway in Texas to ensure the state is ready in the event of a hurricane.
 
"Texas is in a constant state of hurricane preparedness, and the safety of Texans is our top priority," said Governor Abbott. "The Texas Division of Emergency Management continues to plan and train in the event of a hurricane, and I would encourage all Texans to be mindful of the dangers and always comply with evacuation orders issued by local officials. I appreciate the efforts of our partners at the federal level in helping to build resilience, preparedness & responsiveness in communities across the country."
 
Natural disaster preparedness is a joint effort between state and local partners, the American people, and the federal government. We at DHS and FEMA are ready to respond quickly, efficiently, and effectively when a disaster occurs, said Acting Secretary Duke. We take this responsibility seriously, and like today will continue to coordinate closely with our state and local partners to support our nations collective ability to respond.
 

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Photography Show


 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 
We still have 3 well defined cold fronts that will approach our area over
the next several days. We are in a "very Rare" weather pattern for this
time of the year. We are very unstable in our atmosphere:
 
   1. Cold fronts
   2. 5-10 degree colder temperatures
   3. above normal rainfall.
 
We will creep back into the low 90's. and North of I30 will see periods of
heavy rain with the 1st Cold front. We could join the rainfall event if the
front sags further South on Saturday and Sunday.
 
The second cold front should stay on track to be influencing our weather on
Monday and Tuesday.
 
The third cold front is still well away from us and could change in the
week's time period, but as of now it should impact our weather for Wed &
Thur.
 
What it all means is we will have lots of clouds, and rain chances along
with our unseasonably cool August weather.
 
Though we may hear some Thunder and see some lightning, this does not
appear to have any severe weather associated with it at this time. Even
light and variable winds to temper our humidity.
 

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Schlitterbahn Ticket Winner


 

 

 

 

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Rob Payne Interview:


 

 

 

 

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Radio News 8-4-17 Arrest/Obits


 

 

 

 

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Wreck on 96 South


 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners Court Budget Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a Workshop of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 7th day of August, 2017 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. Work on the budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
 
2.   Adjourn.
 
 

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Radio Host Chris Watlington Interview:


 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Athletic Booster Meeting


 

Shelbyville Athletic Boosters meeting Monday, August 7th at 5 p.m. in room 101 in the Elementary building.

 

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Mt. Gillion Missionary Baptist Church Revival


 
Welcome To Our
47th Annual Revival
 
When: Monday, August 7, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017
 
Where: Mt. Gillion Missionary Baptist Church, Hwy 87, Center, TX, where the Rev. R. L. Cotton
is Pastor.
 
Time: 7:30 p.m. nightly
 
Guest Speaker for the week will be Rev. Kenneth L. Cotton, Pastor of The Goodwill Baptist Church in Pineland, TX.
 
Looking forward to seeing you there.
 
 
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Celebrating Our 47th Annual Home Coming
 
When: Sunday, August 13, 2017
 
Time: 12 Noon
 
Come out and help us Celebrate this Occasion…..
 

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Comal County and State Shooting Sports Results


 

The Comal County Claybusters held their annual shoot at the National Shooting complex in San Antonio July 15 and 16.  This shoot is commonly called the state warmup shoot because it is the weekend before the State 4-H games.  Representing Shelby County 4-H were shooters Dawson McFadden, Colton Gutermuth and Lance Holloway.  In the intermediate division, Lance Holloway placed third in super sporting and fourth in sporting clays.  
 
The following week the Texas 4-H shotgun games were held at the National shooting complex in San Antonio, July 18-22.  This year there were over 800 kids from across Texas that participated.  Shelby County 4-H had six kids attend.  In the Senior II division, Konner Windham placed first in trap Lewis Class 3.  In the Senior I division, Colton Gutermuth placed fourth in modified trap.  In the Intermediate division, Lance Holloway placed second in whizbang.
 
 
Comal County participants
Left to right:  Lance Holloway, Colton Gutermuth,
and Dawson McFadden
 
Shelby County 4-H shooters had a great week.  Nic Lambert shot his personal best shooting 98/100 in skeet and trap but missed placing in the tough senior II division.  Konner Windham shot her first 25 straight in trap.  Colton Gutermuth shot his first 50 straight in trap.  Dawson McFadden shot his first 25 straight in both skeet and trap.  Lance Holloway shot his first 25 straight in modified trap.  Overall, the team had a great week in San Antonio.  We would like to say congratulations on a job well done representing Shelby County 4-H.
State Shotgun GameParticipants:  Logan Holloway, Lance Holloway, Nic Lambert, Dawson McFadden, Konner Windham, and Colton Gutermuth 
 
If you have any questions or would like more information regarding 4-H, please give us a all at 936-598-7744.
 

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Growing Broilers for the East Texas Poultry Festival


 

Broilers are meat type chickens usually about 6 to 7 weeks of age when ready for processing.  The 4-H broiler project is a very popular youth project.  Their popularity is because the projects are shorter in length, require less space, and are less expensive than many other 4-H livestock projects.
 
 
Because all the birds are from the same genetic source, the differences in the conformation of the birds is due to the management practices of the competitor.  A successful entry requires good management skills such as maintain the proper environment, disease control, feeding good quality feed, and keeping good records.  The contestants also learn what selection criteria are necessary when choosing their pen of birds to show.
 
 
In preparation for the upcoming East Texas Poultry Festival in October and the arrival of baby chicks in late August, the Shelby County Extension office will be hosting a Broiler Show Workshop on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the new county Extension office located at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center.
 
 

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41st EAST TEXAS POULTRY FESTIVAL SEEKS ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS


 

Planning is underway for the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, which will take place October 5-7 on the historic downtown Center square, with chairmen Josh Payne, leading the steering committee. According to Polly McKissick Montemayor, Arts and Crafts Committee Chair, vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 11.  To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at  "http://www.shelbycountychamber.com".  Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center and Tyson Foods.
 
The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125.  Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival.  First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth.  The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection on Friday, August 18.
For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 

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Creative Art Show Added to Line-up at Upcoming Poultry Festival


 

The East Texas Poultry Festival is just around the corner in October, so now is the time to start lining out your creative arts to be displayed and eligible for judging.  All creative art divisions are open to elementary, youth and adult participants who reside in Shelby County.  This year, the following creative art divisions will be featured:  
  
Art
Crafts 
Quilts
Canning
Photography
Horticulture
Woodworking
Metal Art
 
 
Entry forms and a complete set of division rules and guidelines are available from the Extension office and the Chamber of Commerce.  The creative art show will be held at the new Extension gym building October 5-7, 2017.  So get your crochet needle, paint brush, canning jars, plant specimens, camera, sander, sewing machine, and welding torch in gear and plan to enter this fun event and let everyone in Shelby County see your creative talent!
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Shelby County Extension Office, Jheri-Lynn McSwain, FCS Agent at 936-598-7744 or email jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu or the Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682. 
 
 

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State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.6 Billion in July


 

(AUSTIN)  Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.56 billion in July, 7.9 percent more than in July 2016.
 
Sales tax receipts from all major economic sectors were up compared to last year, Hegar said. The most notable increases were from oil- and gas-related industries, as spending on well development continues to rebound. Despite the recent uptick, sales tax revenue remains in line with recent estimates from my office.
 
Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in July 2017 is up 7.3 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sales tax revenue is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 56 percent of all tax collections. Motor vehicle sales and rental taxes, motor fuel taxes and oil and natural gas production taxes also are large revenue sources for the state. 
 
In July 2017, Texas collected the following revenue from those taxes:
 
 
  * motor vehicle sales and rental taxes  $384.7 million, down 7.3 percent from July 2016; 
  * motor fuel taxes  $308.2 million, up 3.7 percent from July 2016; and 
  * oil and natural gas production taxes  $251.5 million, up 24.6 percent from July 2016. 
 
For details on all monthly collections, visit the Comptrollers Monthly State Revenue Watch [ https://comptroller.texas.gov/transparency/revenue/watch/ ].

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Car Wash Fundraiser Postponed


 

Due to the weather, Patroon Baptist Church is postponing their car wash fundraiser set for this Friday evening. A future date will be announced later. Thank you. 

 

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Love Like Victor Day Proclamation


 

Today the Love like Victor Day Proclamation was signed by Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison.  A large gathering of people from the community assembled for the ceremony.

 

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Bad Weather Update


I just looked at Norman Neel & Goeff Reeders North SA County rain buckets... both show 2.36 inches already.  Many stations to their North and West have that or more.  The rain band is slowly sagging to the South and East and training the rain over what is becoming a soggy and soaked.

 
 
 
 

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4-H Shelby County Record Setting Performance at State Horse Show


Shelby County 4-H member, Blake Griffin wins big at the State 4-H horse show.  The show was held in Abilene the last week of July.  Blake places first in cutting, first in breakaway roping, second in team roping and second in tie down calf roping.  
 
Blake won the high point roper saddle for his efforts.  As a result of these outstanding placings, Blake also won four belt buckles, a pair of Anderson Bean boots, and a head stall for his horse.  The high point roping saddle has also been won by former Shelby County 4 H members Dakota Klein in 2000 and Blake’s uncle David Griffin in 1982.
 
In addition to his accomplishments at State, he also placed well at the District Horse Show winning two belt buckles for Senior tie down and team roper.  Please help us congratulate Blake on a job well done.
 
If you would like to participate in this project or any other 4-H project in Shelby County, contact Lane Dunn, County Extension Agent – Ag/NR at 936-598-7744 or email at jldunn@ag.tamu.edu.
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's Weather


 

Today's forecast says that the moisture build up was greater than expected
and the air behind the cool front is much cooler. The rain is already what
was forecast for the entire week. My gauges already shows almost 1 inch of
rain and a rain rate of 1/4 to 1/2 inch per hour. Looking at the weather
maps I think this will continue off and on for  several more hours. It was
dark this morning at about 6 and it looks like dusk outside right now. I am
having a deja vue experience.
 
 

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Indivisible Nacogdoches Meeting


 
Indivisible Nacogdoches will hold its monthly meeting on August 8, 2017 from 6-8 pm at the Austin Heights Baptist Church. The church is located at 2806 Appleby Sand Road, Nacogdoches, TX 75965. Anyone interested in electing progressive candidates to office or working for progressive causes is welcome. There will be a potluck at the beginning of the meeting, so bring your favorite dish!
 
If you have any questions, please contact Donna Todd at donnamtodd@yahoo.com or call her at 936-615-7825. Donna M. Todd 936.615.7825

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Weather Update


 

Looking at the weather maps and the positioning of the HIGHS and upper air
LOW disturbances, I am seeing a trend the last couple of days where these
lows moving down from Alaska along the Western portions of the US seem to
be driving the Highs to the North and East. With the Gulf winds carrying
lots of moisture, I can see where they will bring some T-storms to our area
and some light rain possibilities to us in the next several days. At this
time, I do not see any severe stuff developing. My observation of the areas
of rain moving in our general direction over the Arizona//New Mexico are
widely scattered and moving very slowly so the next 7 days could give us a
gentle soaking of 1+ inches. In fact, i just counted 50 drops the size of
quarters. tomorrow late and Thursday is when the event begins.
 
​What will come along with the cloud cover and rain is temperatures in the
upper 80's, low 70's in the evenings, and NO THI in the 100's.​
 
Our winds will be light and very variable in direction at 6-8 mph. our July
rain count from my last view did not change more that .01 hundredth of an
inch.
 
 

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Love Like Victor Day


 

The love like Victor Day Proclamation will be signed this morning at 10:00 a.m at the Shelby County Court House on the Second Floor.  

 

 

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Center ISD Agriculture Science Building Expansion Project


 

Center ISD will hold a Ribbon Cutting on August 8th at 11:00 a.m. to formally open
the new Agriculture, Science Building Expansion. The expansion project took nearly
16 months of planning, preparation and construction and includes 10,500 square feet
of additional space for specialized classrooms for agribusiness, animal science,
 floral design, power, structure and technical systems. There is also a meeting 
room for FFA and other leadership activities.
 
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department of Center High School has seen
remarkable growth and student interest over the past 10 years. Currently, the CTE
agriculture science program is one of the fastest growing programs at CHS.
Please join Administration, Staff and Students of Center High School and the district
in celebrating this exciting addition to Center ISD.
 
 

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City of Center Monthly Video Update:


 

 

 

 

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Timpson City Calendar


 

 

 

 

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Timpson Backpack Drive


 

Back to School Backpack Drive:  Anyone that wishes to DONATE may contact  Leslie Leathers or Debra Smith 936-254-2421 or Bro Dee Daniel or Beth Collins (FBC sec) 936-254-2220
 
Distribution: Thurs Aug 10th at SoSo Park Community Bldg  (for Timpson ISD
area / Timpson elementary students) 4:30 - 7:00 pm 
 

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Timpson Dumpster Days


 

 
Dumpster day in Timpson will be Saturday August 5th.  The dumpster will be on RR Ave. beside the City Hall in Timpson, starting at 6 a.m.
 
There will also be a recycle dumpster from August 5th-11th by the gazebo on the Timpson square.
 
 

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Panola College men's basketball announce 2017 recruiting class


 

Carthage, TX – The Panola College men’s basketball team and Head Coach
Grant McMillan are set to announce their 2017 recruiting class. After the
most successful season in school history, the Ponies needed to replace
eight sophomores and one redshirt freshman. This past season Panola posted
a 26-9 record, won the North Division in Region 14, was regional
runner-ups, and qualified for the national tournament for the first time
since 1979.
 
 
“Recruiting never stops for us. As a staff we have to identify players we
want to recruit early in the process. We believe in the way we do things
and think our success the past two seasons has helped us recruit
nationally.” Head Coach Grant McMillan mentioned. “We graduated a group of
players who represented Panola the right way. With that said, we are
bringing in a special group of players. Mix them with the talent have
returning and we can have continued success.” He added.
 
 
Returning players for Panola include: Christian Hammett, TJ Killings, and
Marlon Taylor. Local product, Hammett averaged three points a game last
year. TJ Killings appeared in every game as a freshman. He averaged 7.3
points per game and had a season high 19 points against Bossier Parish.
Marlon Taylor started 17 games as a freshman. He averaged 10.7 points and
recorded 9 double-doubles throughout the season.
 
 
2017 recruits include:
 
*Jaronde Boyd – FR – 5’9” – Michigan City, Indiana – Michigan City High
School*
 
Jarande Boyd is part of the winningest class in Michigan City High School
history. The point guard averaged 11 points and 6 assists a game his senior
year. Boyd was All-Area and named Blue Chips Camp MVP. The knockdown
shooter led his team to the areas #1 ranking.
 
 
*Jeffrey Boyd – FR – 6’4” – Chicago, Illinois – Homewood Flossmoor High
School*
 
A two year starter for Homewood Flossmoor High School, Jeffrey Boyd gained
the reputation as one of the best shooters in the state. Not in relation to
fellow signee Jaronde Boyd, Jeffrey was Recognized on the Chicago Sun times
all area team. Was the MVP of the Illinois Coaches Association all-star
game and made the Daily Southtown all-area team.
 
 
*Nathan Brooks – FR – 6’7” – Farmington Mills, Michigan – North Farmington
High School*
 
Nathan spent his senior year at North Farmington High School where he
anchored the front court. Brooks averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds a game
and was named to the all-area squad. Prior to North Farmington, Brooks
starred at Stratford Academy in Macon Georgia where we was an all-state
performer. The high-flyer made multiple appearances in Michigan’s top plays
of the week his senior year.
 
 
*Tylan Dean – FR – 6’0” – Ruston, Louisiana – Lincoln Prep High School*
 
Tylan is finishing up his senior year at Lincoln Prep High School. His team
finished up 29-6 and made it to the Elite 8 of the state tournament. Tylan
was a two time LSWA 1st team all-state member, three time Louisiana
sportswriter association all-state player, three time all-district player
and was the district MVP this past season. He scored over 2000 points in
his high school career.
 
 
 
*Shandon Goldman – SO – 6’9” – Evansville, Arkansas – Arkansas Little-Rock
– Lincoln High School*
 
“Biggie” finished up his freshman year at Arkansas Little-Rock. He appeared
in 5 fives this past season. In high school, Biggie was a three-time
all-conference player. He was all-state his senior year and made the state
tournament all-star team his senior year. After high school he did a prep
year at Tennessee Prep where he nearly averaged a double-double.
 
 
*Jibril Harris – FR – 6’8” – East Chicago, Indiana – East Chicago Central
High School*
 
Jibril finished up his senior year at East Chicago Central High School
where he led the Cardinals to a sectional championship. This past season he
averaged 14.7 points and 10.7 rebounds a game. Jibril made the NWI time’s
all-area team and was honorable mention all-state for the Indiana Coaches
Association. He was a double-digit scorer for the SYF Players on the grass
root circuit.
 
 
*Alex Holcombe – SO – 6’9” – Houston, Texas – Texas A&M CC – Fort Bend
Marshall High School*
 
Alex just finished up his freshman season at Corpus. He appeared in 23
games as a freshman this past season, averaging double-digit minutes per
game. In high school, Alex was an all-conference and all district player.
Known as an elite level defender, Alex almost averaged 5 blocks a game.
 
 
*Raymone Lampkin – FR – 6’11” – New Orleans, Louisiana – Helen Cox High
School*
 
Raymone averaged 11 points and 12 rebounds a game during his junior year
for perennial power Helen Cox High School. Lampkin finished his career at
TAGG Prep where he took on a national schedule. He increased both his
scoring and rebounding output while at TAGG.
 
 
*Jeremy Roscoe – RFR – 6’3” – Chicago Illinois – Southern Illinois – Uplift
High School*
 
Jeremy sat out last season at Southern Illinois University. Roscoe was a 1st
team all-state player for Uplift High School in Chicago. He was a key part
in his teams state championship his senior year. He averaged just over 13
points a game. After his senior year he did a prep year at Victory Rock in
Florida. At Victory Rock, Roscoe became one of the nation’s leading scorers
on the circuit averaging over 18 points per game.
 
 
*Juwan Williams – RSO – 6’4” – Richmond, Texas – Weber State – Fort Bend
Travis High School*
 
Juwan sat out last season after playing his freshman year at Weber State.
While at Weber, Williams appeared in 20 games, averaged 3.3 points a game
and recorded three double-digit scoring games. One of Texas top high school
recruits, Juwan starred at Fort Bend Travis High School. He averaged 14
points and 6 rebounds a game his senior year. Williams was also part of the
2013, 5A state championship team.
 

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Shelby County 4-H Kickoff


 

Shelby County 4-H is getting ready to start up their new project year with our annual 4-H Kickoff, Awards Ceremony and Volunteer Recognition program which is scheduled for Sunday, August 27th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the new Extension gym building at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center.  This fun-filled, hands-on event will allow the youth to try their hand at the various projects. 
 
 
 
 

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Junk in the Trunk Trade Days


 

August 5--Saturday
Junk in the trunk
Trade days
 
When: First Saturday of each month
Where: Downtown san augustine courthouse square
time: 10 am-2pm
 
Rules:
-Check-in by 9:45
-Rain or shine, no refunds
-all vehicles and merchandise must be removed no later than 3 pm​
 

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An American Main Street


 

“An American Main Street” patriotic event will be on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in downtown San Augustine wish to support and remember all local First Responders/Veterans and 9-11 victims.  

 

 

 

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Timpson Swears in Judge Today


 

During the regular council meeting held on July 18, 2017, the City of Timpson appointed Marilyn Corder to the position of municipal judge.
 
There were two names presented as interested parties for the position. Council woman, Yvonne Ramsey made a motion to appoint Marilyn Corder. The second was made by councilman Al Skinner and of the 4 council members in attendance Mrs. Corder received 3 votes. Councilman Kyle Allen was absent from the  meeting and councilwoman,Tiffany Collins abstained. 
 
Councilwoman Ramsey, stated Mrs. Corders volunteerism and the many things she does on behalf of the City as her primary reasons for selecting Marilyn. The appointment is for 24 months, requires 32 hours of judicial training within the first year and 16 hours each year thereafter. The mayor, council and staff look forward to working with Mrs. Corder. 
 
Marilyn Corder will be sworn in at 10am on Tuesday August 1, 2017
 

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Lunch and Learn


 

SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas —  Grab your lunch and a friend and head down to Mission Dolores State Historic Site on Friday, August 18th at 12:00 p.m. for the monthly “Lunch and Learn” program! 
 
The program, “San Augustine and the Great Depression” will include a photographic journey through San Augustine during its most trying times. As part of the tricentennial celebration commemorating the establishment of Mission Dolores in San Augustine, Mission Dolores State Historic Site will hold similar lunchtime programs once a month throughout 2017, covering a variety of topics related to East Texas history. Our Site Educator/Interpreter, Brooke Bonorden, will present this month’s program. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Admission is free and the program will run from 12:00–1:00 p.m. Mission Dolores State Historic Site is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, please call 936-275-3815.
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Firefighters Attend Training


 

Nine Shelby County firefighters recently completed a week of training at the 88th Annual Texas Municipal Fire/ Rescue Training School, held at Brayton Fire Field in College Station, Texas. Brayton Fire Field is the largest fire/ rescue training facility in the world. Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department Firefighters Levi Manali, Vincent Raybon, and David Pierce, along with Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter Austin Barna, completed Firefighting Phase II. Phase II covers a wide range of subjects, from forcible entry to interior structural firefighting. Students also received instruction in fire behavior and the use of ladders on the fireground. They also took part in three live burn classes, designed to simulate conditions inside an actual structure fire. Joaquin VFD Firefighter Michael Bates completed Firefighting Phase III, which covers subjects like positive pressure ventilation, water supplies, and live burns of petroleum fire projects. Joaquin Assistant Chief/ Fire Marshall Jeremy Boyett and Assistant Fire Marshall Justin Boyett completed Fireground Tactics, which covers subjects ranging from reading smoke to the Incident Command System. Joaquin VFD Secretary/ Treasurer Rusty Wilson served as a first year instructor on the Firefighting Phase I, SCBA project, which teaches students the importance of using their self contained breathing apparatus, as well as search and rescue tactics. It also provides instruction on the proper care and maintenance of SCBA. Joaquin VFD Training Officer Stephen Ewing served as a fifth year instructor on Firefighting Phase II, Structural Burn Complex, which uses live fire scenarios to instruct students in interior structural firefighting techniques. The Annual Municipal School attracts students from across the state of Texas. This year's attendance totaled just over 1,600 students, and used almost 500 guest instructors.

 

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Breakfast Fundraiser at Senior Site


 

The Senior Site in Center will have a Breakfast Fundraiser on September 9th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  They are located at 124 Haley Dr. on Loop 500.
 
 
 

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Focused Care Donates to SCCAC Backpack Drive


 

SCCAC would like to thank Focused Care for donating backpacks and school supplies. We greatly appreciate your support of our agency and the children we serve.Pictured are Focused Care staff members Sandy Runnels and Renee Bush along with SCCAC staff members Jade Miller and Denise Merriman.
 
 
 

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Rep. Chris Paddie Capitol Update


 

As we finish the second week of the special session, both the House and the Senate continue working on the bills that Governor Abbott has included in his calls for the session.
 
This week, the House unanimously approved the must-pass sunset bill, HB 1.  This bill will continue the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.  All of these boards would have ceased to exist on September 1st if this legislation had not passed.  Without these boards, the professionals currently practicing in these professions would have no longer been licensed, with a wide range of consequences from loss of insurance to unqualified and untrained persons possibly holding themselves out as professionals.  
 
The House also passed HB 13 which will require doctors to report complications related to abortion procedures.  Currently there is no penalty for not reporting these complications, which results in incomplete and incorrect data relating to the risks of having an abortion.  Having complete data will help the legislature draft the best possible policy moving forward.
 
The State Affairs Committee met several times this week to pass important pro-life measures.  The committee passed HB 13, which also passed the full House this week, as well as HB 14 and HB 215.  HB 14 will prevent any governmental entity from providing any financial assistance to an abortion provider.  This bill includes use of governmental facilities or any other type of financial assistance that some entities have previously provided to abortion providers.  This is a common sense extension of current practices that prohibit taxpayer dollars from paying for or supporting abortion providers.
 
HB 215 establishes reporting requirements for abortions where the mother is a minor and has obtained the abortion either with the permission of her parents or a court or where an abortion is conducted as a result of a fetal abnormality.  This reporting will also provide more complete information to the state as to why certain abortions are being conducted, which will help to allocate resources more effectively to help prevent the need for abortions in the future.  
 
The House Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility also met this week to pass some resolutions.  The most important resolution we passed was HCR 16, which calls on the US Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.  Texas must pass a balanced budget each year, requiring that the state live within its means and this resolution calls on the federal government to do the same.
 
If there are issues that are important to you or you have any questions about information you are receiving from outside groups, please contact me at 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.texas.gov.
 

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Jury Duty Cancelled for San Augustine Co.


 

The Jury that was scheduled in the District Court of San Augustine on August 7th at 9:00 a.m. has been cancelled.
 
 
 

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