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American Pickers are Coming to Texas


 
 
 
American Pickers the show is heading to Texas this December-January and they are looking for large private collections for the guys to dig through all day long. We'd love to spread the word in your area.
 
Phone number 1-855-OLD-RUST (1-855-653-7878), or email, which is AmericanPickers@cineflix.com.
 
Also, please note that Mike and Frank only pick private collections so NO stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public. 
 
 
 

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Timpson High School Marching Band Results


 
 
On Saturday, October 28, the Timpson High School Marching Band competed at the UIL Area C Marching Band Contest held at SFA’s Homer Bryce Stadium.  Eleven bands competed in class 2A, and the Bear Band placed FIRST!  The top three bands from the area contest advanced to the state contest, which will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio on November 6 & 7.  The Clarksville and Union Grove bands will join Timpson in representing Area C at the Alamodome.  Timpson will perform at 7:00pm on Monday, November 6. There will be 18 class 2A bands competing in San Antonio, and the top 7 bands from the preliminary round will perform again on Tuesday morning for the final round.   Good luck, THS Bear Band!!
 
 
 
 

 

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Today's News 10-31-17


 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Wonder: Pyracantha


 

Center Garden Club has a new community project that will focus on the beauty and wonders of nature by featuring Shelby County’s variety of plants.  Biweekly, the club’s civic committee will choose a plant to feature as “One Wonder” among the many throughout Shelby County.  The first selection is the large pyracantha (or firethorn) shrub located on the terrace at 303 Tenaha Street in Center, Texas, the home of Toni Crowley.  Ms Crowley noted that the magnificent berries of the pyracantha (or firethorn), transition from yellow to orange to red in the fall and winter.  As we should expect now, it is beautifully ablaze for all who pass by on Tenaha Street.
 
 
Center Garden Club meets at noon on the second Wednesday each month September through May and welcomes guests.  Call Carolyn Bounds for further information  (598-3414).  
 

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US Army PVT Dylan Barbee


 

 

 

US Army PVT Dylan Barbee graduated from Basic Training and AIT on October 27th, 2017 as a Combat Engineer he graduated from Tenaha High School last may. 
 
His mother just wanted him to know how proud of him they are.  He Has 4 brothers Cody Trenton Brandon and Hunter who are very proud of him.  His grand parents Gina and Robert Bush, and Doug and Linda Hass they are very proud of him as well.   He Has a fiancé named Crystal McDonald who graduates this may and plans to go with him.  
 
 
PV2 Andrews 
 
PVT Dylan Barbee wants to mention he has had a battle buddy since the first day of reception named PV2 Andrews  from Atlanta Georgia they have been friends since day 1 through reception, basic training , and AIT he is also with Dylan at their first duty station in Hawaii.
 
 
 
 
 

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TxDOT Update


 

LUFKIN - Approaching deer season accompanied by cooler weather causes more deer to be on the move. TxDOT wants to remind drivers of the dangers of deer on the roadways and how quickly they can run in front of a moving vehicle.
 
Motorists are urged to be attentive, especially just after sunset and the hours just before sunrise. These times are when the most deer versus vehicle collisions occur. Pay attention to road signs that indicate a heavy wildlife population in the area and reduce speed where deer have been known to cross. These areas are generally in unpopulated areas and near agricultural or forestlands.
 
"We have already seen several deer hits this year," said Rhonda Oaks, spokesperson for the Lufkin District. "Because wildlife is so much more active this time of year, we urge motorists to stay alert, especially during the dusk and pre-dawn hours when they are known to move around more."
 
Safety tips to remember that could help motorists avoid a deer versus vehicle accident include:
 
  *   Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others could be nearby. Reduce speed if you see a deer near the roadway.
  *   When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of the deer.
  *   Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer.
  *   Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting a deer.
 
  *   Always wear your seat belt.
  *   If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. Move your car off the road, if possible, and call 911.
For more information, contact
Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 

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Local Weather Update


 
 
Yes... Saturday was cold for Sassafras. 36 degrees at 6:50 am with wind of 5-7 mph from the NW. A slight shift to the NNW at 4pm was gusting to 17 mph and with the high only at 57...it felt much cooler.
 
Sunday.... did get much colder to start. My daughter in Houston called and was scraping FROST off her windshield. It was cold here too. 28.5 degrees at 5 am. It did warm up though during the sunny day it turned out to be. If you did not get your plants in under cover...it did burn the blooms off!
 
Today.... we will begin to see clouds move in from the South  after dark and hide our stars.and keep our low at about 67 degrees after a mostly sunny 76 degrees.
 
Wednesday... those Gulf breezes return. Cloudy skies will bring us a 75% chance for 1/3 inch of rain and some background thunder with it. 76/67
 
Thur -Fri ....may have some light hold over rain, but low 80's for a high and mid 60's for lows. winds 8-10 off and on , but dying back each afternoon toward sunset.
 
Next week ....will see a continuation of the 80/60 temps with a mix of clouds and Sun with mostly Southerly winds at 8-10. Then toward late week we will see a return of a cooler series of days with cold fronts appearing to be headed our way.

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Today's News 10-30-17


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Road Closure


 

County rd 1012 off  of 96 south will have about 2 miles between the intersection of 96 south to the Feather Crest egg farm that will be closed today and tomorrow for construction.  This is according to Roscoe McSwain Shelby County Commissioner Precinct 1.  They will be laying asphalt. 
 
 
 
   

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Sky Warn Classes


 

 

 

PLEASE DON'T FORGET: Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Just let me know so I can have enough handout materials for everyone attending.

 

This is NOT training to be storm chasers. Just an opportunity to visit with meteorologists from the National Weather Service Center in Shreveport and learn about identifying our severe weather & reporting it accurately. First responders are especially welcome. -- SKYWARN® Storm Spotter Training Where: San Augustine County Courthouse 100 West Columbia Street San Augustine, Texas 75972 Entry: East Side by the restored 1919 Jail When: Thursday, November 2nd at 5:30 pm. 

 

Light refreshments will be served.

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Another Deadly Wreck in San Augustine Co


 
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Troopers responded to and investigated a one vehicle fatal crash this morning at
approximately 6:40 a.m. on County Road 348.
 
The preliminary crash information indicates a 2002 Toyota pickup was traveling
south on County Road 348 about one mile North of Broaddus when the vehicle left
the roadway to the left and struck a tree.
 
The driver was identified as Kane Willis, 20, from San Augustine, TX. Willis was
pronounced deceased at the scene at 7 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Billy Williams.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
 
 

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Lynda K. Russell Wins 3 Awards


 

 

 

 

Today 10-27-17 at 9 a.m. Lynda K. Russell was honored by Lone Star Legal Aid.  She was given 3 awards: 2017 Most Cases Handled, Most Litigated Cases Handled, and Most Contested Cases Handled in the Nacogdoches Branch Office service area. 

 

 

Click Here to See Video of the Ceremony:

 

 

 

Russell humbly accepted her awards presented by Lone Star representative Dana G. Bias.  Russell accredited most of her success to her former assistant Sharla Foster who is currently battling cancer.    

 

 

Sharla Foster 

 

 

Video Interview:

 

 

 

Photo Album Click Here:

 

 

 

 

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Local Weather Update


 

   Starting off with some misty stuff this morning , but in an hour it
   will be gone and nothing but clouds remain. Our winds do shift to the North
   by 3pm at 12-15 with higher gusts as the cold front arrives in our area.
   Only 63 for our high after a low this  morning of 60 degrees.
 
   - Saturday - North winds will begin to blow from the North again by 10
   am at 10-12 mph. The day will start off with the 7 am temp at 37 degrees
   and will not reach the 60 degree high for the day until 3 pm.*
   Windchills....YES!* even though it will be sunny.
 
   - Sunday - Lots of Sun BUT...a *cold 33 degree start* to our day on our
   way to a 68 degree high. Winds do shift to Southerly breezes at 5-8 mph.
   Frost...Yes! especially in low lying areas. *A freeze is forecast for
   the region North of IH20.*
 
   - NEXT WEEK - Sunny on Mon-Tues.  Low 70's for highs and low 60's for
   lows each evening. Late Tuesday we will see Gulf moisture moving in and
   periods of light rain through the week-end.  Mostly light winds 5-8, during
   the day and calm at night with some gusts 10-12 during the period. Much
   more normal Fall weather for our area.

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 1st day of November, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses and approve current payroll.  
 
2. Take action to approve FY2017 Budget Line Item Transfers.
 
3. Take action to recognize FY2017 Fund cash balance for Precincts 1,2,3,4 and adjust the FY2018 Cash on Hand Budget and FY2017 Expense Budget for each precinct accordingly.
 
4. Discuss and possibly approve purchasing additional Serenity software for JP 1.
 
5. Approve the 2017 Resolution for the Indigent Defense Grant Program.
 
6. Discuss and possibly approve upgrading the Courthouse internet service from DSL and U-verse to a fiber connection through AT&T.
 
7. Commissioner Pct.3 to discuss what Maintainer he will lease.
 
8. Adjourn.
 

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Public Meeting


 

 
1.  The Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Commission will hold a public meeting to receive public comments concerning any issue relating to the TPW Commission’s regulatory powers and duties.
 
 
 
Regional Public Hearing
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
9:00 a.m.
 
Pitser Garrison Convention Center
Lufkin Room
 
Mailing Address:
601 N. Second St.
Lufkin, TX  75901
Lufkin Room
 
GPS Address:
601 N. Second St.
Lufkin, TX  75901
 
 
 
 

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Flowers Caught


 

Malcolm Jamal Flowers the man wanted for hitting a officer with his vehicle in DeSoto Parish has been caught by law enforcement according to Blake Woodward with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's office.   

 

 

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Keanna Osby Goes to State


 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelbyville Senior - Keanna Osby will advance to the State Cross Country
Championships for the 4th straight year.  The State Competition will take
place on Saturday, Nov. 4th at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, TX   The 2A
girls race will run at 12:20.
 
 
 
 

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Local Weather Update


 

Rain tomorrow maybe .01 of an inch as moisture is rapidly moving to North and East out of our area.
 
Expect first freezing temps in the Deep East Texas Region down to about IH20 Sunday morning. Frost and some isolated freezing near us in low lying areas.
 
Drought conditions increasing especially to our North and East. Burn Bans are being issued in many locations and Counties in North Texas.
 
Next Wednesday we may get 1 inch of rain, but not enough elsewhere to affect drought conditions. For us here in SA County, the 4 day total will be in the 1 1/2 inches and a little more to our South and East. still well below our mormal October rainfall amounts.
 
Tropical - These strong cold fronts are beginning to reduce Gulf water temps and drive the tropical development near Nicaragua more to Cuba, Florida, and the Eastern Atlantic basin. Still more than a month left in the 2017 Hurricane Season that ends November 30th.
 
90 day weather outlook: Warmer days and Less precipitation than normal. with all the clear skies the heat radiation into the atmosphere we could get more late night/early morning freezes to help reduce our bug population no real lengthy freezing temps til after the first of the year.
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 10-26-17


 

 

 

 

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Gospel Meeting


 

Gospel Meeting North-side Church of Christ November 12-14th.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Weather Update


 

- *Today* - Sunshine, 73 for a high after a cool 37 start this morning.
   The wind will begin to blow from the North at 8-10 mph by noon and this
   evening turn to South and bring Gulf moisture to the area.
   
- *Thursday* -  After a 50 degree overnight low the Sun will bring us a
   high of 83 degrees. The Southerly winds do continue funnel moisture in at
   10-15 mph.  All that causes our atmosphere to load up for a clash with the
   next cold front.
   
- *Friday* - by 8am we should see a 50% chance for light rain and a wind
   beginning to switch to the North and blow 10-15 mph by noon. no T-storms,
   just light rain, and by evening our temps will drop significantly with
   "feel like temps" 5-8 degrees cooler. Only 1/3 of an inch of rain total
   estimated as of this morning. light wind overnight
   
 
- *Saturday* - *Sassafras Festival*....DRY...Rain is gone and we will
   see Mostly sunny skies with some passing clouds. However,  our daytime high
   will only be 59 degrees. We begin the morning with a day in the low 30s and
   a windchill as we see the North winds pick up around 10 am to 10-12 mph and
   not diminish until the early evening hours.
   
- *Sunday* - Sunny, 64/41 with light winds of 5-8 mph
   
- *M-T * - sun & mid 70's highs and mid 50's lows. Southerly, moisture
   building and light rain possible late Tuesday.
   
- *W-T-F* low 70's for a high. mid 50's for a low. Rain late Wed and
   scattered T-storms next Thur and Fri are likely though not much in the way
   of rain totals. maybe 1/10th unless you are under a storm...then only 1/4
   to 1/2 inch.
 
 

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Today's News 10-25-17


 

 

 

 

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Timpson Pizza Grand Opening


 

Please join Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce to welcome our newest business and chamber member Timpson Pizza and More located at 146 Park Plaza in Downtown Timpson on the Square. Timpson Pizza and More invites you to come enjoy punch and dessert after the Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening.
 
Please stop in and check out their menu and see all that they have to offer. Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce and Timpson Pizza and More appreciates your attendance.  Time & Date November 2, 2017 at 5:30. 
 
 
 
 

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Fugitive Wanted For Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer


 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to notify the media and public of a suspect wanted for the Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer. 

 

Today, October 24, 2017, a deputy with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office received a tip regarding a suspect, identified as Malcolm Jamal Flowers (B/M – DOB: 01/15/1989) of Mansfield, LA, who was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for the offenses of Principal to Distribution of Schedule I and Principal to Distribution of Schedule II.  Deputies responded to the location and at about 1:20 p.m. and observed a vehicle they believed to be occupied by Flowers.  Deputies approached the vehicle at a gas pump in the 500 block of Washington Avenue in Mansfield, LA. 

 

Flowers observed the deputies approaching and immediately attempted to flee in the vehicle.  In the process, a deputy was impacted by the vehicle and sustained moderate injuries.  He was later transported to DeSoto Regional Health System.  Flowers ultimately fled the scene and the vehicle he was operating was located a short time later outside of the city limits of Mansfield, LA.  Detectives and deputies worked diligently to secure an arrest warrant for Flowers. 

 

Flowers is now wanted for the offense of Attempted First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer in addition to the original felony warrant for the offenses of Principal to Distribution of Schedule I and Principal to Distribution of Schedule II.  DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Violent Offender Task Force is actively working to apprehend Flowers.  Anyone with information regarding the location or whereabouts of Flowers is asked to call the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (318) 872-3956.

 

 

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Ex FBI Agent Stewart Fillmore Interview


 

 

 

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San Augustine Man Arrested on Murder Charge


 

On October 20th 2017, The San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at about a man being shot and laying in the road on County Road 101. A Sheriff’s Deputy arrived and discovered the body of Juan Eduardo Santana, 33, laying facedown with two gunshots to his upper body.
 
Deputy’s with the Sheriff’s Office made contact with witnesses who told Deputy’s that the suspect was a black male wearing a bark shirt and grey sweat pants had been in an argument with Juan when the suspect pulled a small black handgun and fired two rounds striking Juan in the shoulder and the neck. The suspect then fled the location driving a red Chev S 10 extra cab Bering Texas LP # DKW-6207 truck with a black hood.  
 
Texas DPS Troops located the suspect vehicle and where able to take the suspect Jerry McCoy into custody and recover the suspected murder weapon without incident.  
 
The San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by San Augustine Police Department, Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol in this investigation and would like to thank all agency for their assistance in this investigation.
 
According to his arrest record he was arrested with the following charges: Murder, Unlawfull Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Unlawful Carrying Weapon.  He has bonds totaling 1,030,000.  
 
 
 
 
 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted


 
 
The water on Denning Rural WSC no longer requires boiling.
 
 
On October 18, 2017, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Denning Rural Water Supply, #2030004, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees (West of FM 354) that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
 
Denning Rural Water Supply has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes. We have also provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of October 24, 2017. 
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office: 220West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas.
 
936-288-0489 or Charles Sharp 936 -201-5001.
 
 

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DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Employee Retires


 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to congratulate a retiree and thank him
for his service to DeSoto Parish.  Claude Bagley officially retired
following a 16 year career with DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office.  We would
like to wish him a happy retirement. 
 
 
 
 
L-R: Claude Bagley, Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle
 

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US Forest Service News Release


 
The SFA Experimental Forest will be closed from Oct. 28 to Nov. 10, for managed deer hunts in cooperation with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Plants Material Center which is located in the Experimental Forest.
 
Additionally, the area will close Dec. 8-9, for a special hunt for persons with disabilities in cooperation with the National Wild Turkey Federation's Wheelin' Sportsmen. Wheelin' Sportsmen provides people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities.
 
Wildlife Biologist Bob Baker with the Pineywoods Ecosystem Project said the Experimental Forest provides a great opportunity for additional hunter recreation while managing deer herds in the area.  "The Experimental Forest, Alazan Bayou Wildlife Management Area, and adjacent lands support a healthy herd of deer and wild hogs," Baker said.
 
Hunters for the managed deer firearm hunts in the Experimental Forest and Alazan Bayou WMA have been drawn, but standby positions may become available. Details are available from the Pineywoods Ecosystem Project office at Alazan Bayou WMA at 936-569-8547.
 
For information regarding the Wheelin' Sportsmen hunt contact Mandy Chumley with the U.S. Forest Service at 936-897-1068.
 

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Tom Johnson Weather Update


 

FRIDAY - 67 degrees for a daytime high with a low of 37 degrees before daylight. Cloudy, scattered T-storms with light Rain that begins near 8:00 am and looks to continue until about 3:00 pm in the afternoon with a total rainfall reaching near 1/2 inch. This is a slight increase from yesterday's estimate. Our winds will be a factor.... from the North Northwest with gusts to 15 mph beginning with the cold front and rain extending at times throughout the day time hours. Clearing late in the day as the front moves rapidly through the area.
 
SATURDAY - Clear, with Lots of Sunshine, BUT accompanied with some miserable weather to start the day. It all begins with a temperature of 35 degrees between 5-8:00 am. Winds begin to gust again to 10-12 mph until noon when it begins to diminish and dies off at about 3:00 pm. Until the sun's warmth arrives and takes us to our high of 57 degrees mid day, the 5-8 o'clock morning time will carry a windchill of close to freezing.
 
FROST - With clearing skies Friday evening and again on Saturday, mid 30's for low temperatures, our day time heat radiating into the atmosphere, we will likely see "Frost on the Pumpkins" in our low lying areas each morning. It might be good to consider covering your tropical plants or dragging the pots indoors for a couple of days.
 

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Today's News 10-23-17


 

 

 

 

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Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

Today’s 10-23-17 Shelby County Commissioners’ Court met at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Court House located at 200 San Augustine Street in Center.  During today’s meeting the court approved the payment of weekly expenses.  No one had any public comments on today’s meeting. 
 
 
 
Representative Ron Adikison from the Adkison Law Firm in Henderson, TX gave a presentation on the Opioid Litigation and told the court about the Opioid Crisis the court approved the retention agreement that he submitted.  The court tabled the discussion on appointing a representative from Shelby County to the East Texas Regional Water Planning Group (Region 1).  
 
They approved the renewal of the licensing software agreement between Shelby County and Software Services for the District Clerks Office, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, and Justice of the Peace Precinct 5.
 
 
The Veterans Service Officer Sherry Riley was granted approval to apply for a $30,000 transport grant through Funds for Veterans Assistance, offered by Texas Veterans Commission.  The court approved the closing of a separate bank account for the Historic Courthouse and moved those funds under the General Fund.
 
 
The court listened to information presented by District Attorney Steven Shires and Daniel Orear with juvenile probation.  They requested addition funds for housing a Shelby County juvenile arrested on the charges of murder.  Shires intends to petition the courts to try the juvenile as an adult given the severity of the crime.  This would mean that the juvenile would have to be transferred from juvenile probation to adult jail.  However, since the juvenile is a minor he still has the right to an education in jail or prison.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office lacks the accommodations to house him in a cost-effective manner.  Shires and Orear purposed that the juvenile be transferred to Angelina County, where he could be housed alone and receive all the necessary accommodations to ensure that his rights are not violated.   For approximately $100 a day.  The court approved the payment of the bills associated with the juvenile on a as needed bases either weekly or monthly. 
 
The court approved Commissioner Precinct 2 to purchase a used Tractor Truck for under $50,000.  Lastly the court adjourned.     
 

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Failed to Appear in Court


 

The following persons currently are under felony indictment in Shelby County, Texas, and failed to appear for a court-mandated appearance in the 123rd Judicial District Court on October 19, 2017.  
 
Ronny Wayne Ard
Curvie Brinson
LaDaryl Burns
Marcus Brian Hall
William Nash
William Zachary Parks
Duntae Polley 
Maria L. Ratcliff
Marvin Lopez Sanchez
Thomas Louis Singleton
 
Per the request of Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires, Judge LeAnn Kay Rafferty ordered that each criminal Defendant’s bond be forfeited and that a capias be issued for the arrest of each Defendant.  Each Defendant listed above immediately needs to contact the Court Manager, Karen Warr,  936.598.9928, to schedule a date to appear in court.  A warrant will remain open for each Defendant until he or she makes an appearance in front of Judge Rafferty.  
 
 

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San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 24TH day of October 2017 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court
Room at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following will be
discussed and appropriate action taken; pursuant to B.T.C.A. Government Code Chapter 51,
Open Meetings Act, including all Subchapters and Sections:
 
 
 

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2 Dead in Wreck in San Augustine Co


 

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Troopers investigated yesterday evening a two vehicle double fatality crash at the
intersection of US 96 and SH 147.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 7:45 p.m., a 2008
Dodge pickup traveling northeast on SH 147 disregarded the stop sign at US 96
and drove into the path of a 2008 Chevrolet SUV. After the collision both the
vehicles caught fire and partially burned.
 
The driver of the Chevrolet is identified as Gene Miller, 30, and a 16-year-old
passenger in the vehicle is identified as Alexia Moreno, both from Bronson. Miller
and Moreno were pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.
 
The driver of the Dodge is identified as Matthew Williams, 34, from Hemphill.
Williams was treated for minor injuries at the scene and arrested for intoxication
manslaughter. He was transported to the San Augustine County Jail.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a special called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday – October 23, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas. If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.

 
 
 
 
 

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City of Center Fined for Water Quality


A proposed agreed order, Docket No. 2016-2028-PWS-E, was mailed to the city of Center on Aug. 10, 2017. The proposed order addresses drinking water violations and assesses an administrative penalty of $6,296 with a $1,259 deferral for expedited settlement, resulting in a payable penalty of $5,037. The order contains technical requirements necessary for the city to return to compliance. On Aug. 28, 2017, the city agreed to the terms of the order. The city has paid the penalty. The matter will be published in the Texas Register for a 30-day public comment period on Oct. 27, 2017, prior to the matter being scheduled for an Executive Director agenda for consideration. The order does not become effective until it is signed by the commission.

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Center City Council Meeting Cancelled


 

The Center City Council Meeting scheduled for Monday October 23rd has been cancelled.  

 

 

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Broaddus ISD Voting for $7.5 Million Dollar Bond


 

Voting to Broaddus ISD will begin on Monday Morning October 23rd for the proposed $7.5 million bond which would be used to build a new elementary school and repair the roof at the high school.
 
 

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TxDOT Update


 

LUFKIN - Traffic is expected to be moved to its final configuration in coming days on US 59 in a major construction project in San Jacinto County.  Embankment work and grading operations are scheduled throughout the project that has added a southbound frontage road and reconstructed the main lanes of US 59 from just south of the United Pacific Railroad in Shepherd to just north of FM 2914. Texas Sterling Construction Co., Houston, is contractor for the $8.9 million project.
 
A second adjacent project was designed to construct a grade separation and close the crossovers from 1 mile north of FM 2914 to 1 mile south of FM 2914 in San Jacinto County. Lone Star Road Construction, Houston, was the contractor for the $12.9 million project, which was completed earlier this year. Crews will also be completing upgrades to metal beam guard railing through the work zone from just south of FM 2914 to the Liberty County line.  As this major construction project nears completion, motorists should stay alert to moving machinery, changing traffic configurations and trucks entering and exiting the highway.
 
ANGELINA COUNTY
US 69 South: Crews are scheduled to work on cross structures and dirt work through this project designed to widen the roadway from two lanes to a four lane divided highway from Huntington to FM 844.
US 69 South: Work is scheduled to continue clearing trees and debris from the right of way in preparation of a future construction project from FM 844 to FM 1270, south of Zavalla.
US 59: Work to replace guardrail will continue on the FM 841 overpass and approaches on SL 287 East from US 59 South to US 59 North. Daytime lane closures.
US 59: Work to place the final surface in both south and northbound lanes is almost complete on this project designed to resurface existing pavement from the Angelina River Bridge to just north of FM 2021.
SL 287: A work convoy will work daily on the loop in Lufkin sweeping shoulders and turn lanes. Motorists are advised to reduce speed and prepare for slight delays as they travel near this moving equipment.
 
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
SH 21 East: Crews will conduct a mill and inlay operation from SL 224 to Melrose. Motorists should expect single lane travel through work areas.
FM 95: Work is complete except for vegetative establishment after bridge replacement and approaches were completed at Parallel Creek and Dog Creek.
FM 343: Pavement markings are near completion and signs are being installed on this project designed to reconstruct and widen the pavement from the Cherokee County line to FM 225.
FM 1087: Work continues to safety treat fixed objects from US 259 to FM 95.
FM 1878: Slab construction continues at LaNana Creek where a new bridge and approaches are being built.
Various locations: Crews plan to repair signs, remove debris and repair potholes throughout the county.
 
TRINITY COUNTY
US 287: Crews will be leveling the roadway north of Groveton to the Houston County line. Motorists should prepare for single lane travel through work areas.
US 287: Crews are applying a hot mix surface and working on slopes and cross structures through this project designed to reconstruct existing pavement from SH 94 to Harrison Avenue in Groveton.
 
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
US 96: Work on slopes is scheduled through the project designed to add passing lanes and reconstruct pavement from the Shelby County line to FM 3451.
SH 21: Crews continue to clean up throughout the project and monitor vegetative establishment throughout the project designed to safety treat fixed objects.
SH 21: Construction on bridge approaches is scheduled at Venado Creek and Perkins Creek for these bridge replacement projects.
SH 21: Construction of abutments and columns are underway at Niciper Creek for this bridge replacement project.
Various locations: Sign maintenance and right-of-way clearing is planned throughout the county.
FM 705: Work on metal beam guard railing continues and safety end treatments have been completed on culverts throughout the project from SH 147 to 2.5 miles south of FM 83.
 
SHELBY COUNTY
US 96: Crews have completed milling and paving and will schedule additional work in coming weeks on this project designed to plane the existing surface and overlay the surface from 1.4 miles north of SH 7 in Center to SH 87.
US 84: Traffic is in its final configuration and crews are continuing cleanup work throughout the project where the Sabine River Bridge was replaced with two, 2-lane bridges.
FM 415: This project has been placed on vegetative establishment and cleanup work is scheduled at Bear Bayou where a new bridge and approaches were constructed.
CR 4789: Beams and the bridge slab have been placed as crews continue to work to replace the bridge and approaches over a tributary of Blackwater Creek.
CR 4256: Guardrail work is scheduled at Flat Fork Creek where a recent bridge replacement has been completed.
 
SABINE COUNTY
FM 2928: Crews will be applying a hot mix overlay. Motorists should prepare for delays and single lane travel.
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 23rd day of October, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Approve weekly expenses.
 
2. Public Comments on Agenda item.
 
3. Representative from Martin Walker, PC to present a presentation on Opioid Litigation and possibly approve a Retention Agreement to represent Shelby County.
 
4. Discuss and possibly appoint a representative from Shelby County to the East Texas Regional Water Planning Group (Region 1).
 
5. Approve the Renewal of the Licensing Software Agreement between Shelby County and Software Services for District Clerks Office, JP1 Office, JP2 Office, JP3 Office, JP4 Office and the JP5 Office.
 
6. Veterans Service Officer Sherry Riley will request approval to apply for a 20,000.00 grant through Funds For Veterans Assistance, offered by Texas Veterans Commission.
 
7. Discuss and possibly approve closing separate bank account for the Historic Courthouse and move under General Fund. 
 
8. Discuss and possibly approve allocating additional funds to the Juvenile                                           Probation budget as needed for detention services. 
 
9. Discuss and possibly approve Commissioner Pct. 2 to purchase a used Tracker Truck for under $50,000. 
 
10. Adjourn. 
 

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Randa McMahon Arrested for Retaliation


 

Randa McMahon was booked into the SCSO 10/19/2017 and released the same day for Retaliation (F-3); $1,000 bond per Martin Bail Bonds.

 

 

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Area High School Bands To Compete In Marching Contest Saturday


The UIL Region 21 Marching Contest will be held on Saturday, October 21st at Lobo Stadium in Longview, TX.  The performance times of local high school bands are listed below.
 

Time Band Director
9:45 AM Timpson Rhonda Daniel
10:15 AM San Augustine Craig Haynis
11:00 AM Tenaha Brian Sours
11:15 AM Shelbyville Deshmond Johnson
11:45 AM Joaquin Jacob L. Laster
2:30 PM Garrison Johnnie Cotton
4:15 PM Center Chris Smith
7:30 PM Nacogdoches Glynn Wells

 

Click Here for a complete schedule.

 

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Tom Johnson Weather Update


 

 
Saturday and into Sunday looks to have some severe weather associated with
it. The severe stuff right now looks to stay North of IH30.  For us we will
hear some thunder, see some lightning and have some wind gusts from the
outer flow boundaries of the T-storms. Some of the down drafts to 20+ miles
per hour.
 
 
We are in the general Thunder area. However lightning and gusty winds are
a possibility. SO, be aware of sudden changes.
 
 
The further to the North you go into the severe stuff you will see higher
amounts of rainfall.  For us 1 to Maybe 1 1/2 inches at most?. A number of
Deep East Texas Counties have declared Burn Bans due to our worsening
drought conditions especially to our North.  The good news is this is
widespread. Just not enough to give us more than temporary drought relief.
The cold, dry air and winds will evaporate what moisture we do get very
quickly.
 

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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.
 
Candice Danielle Maureen Peel of Bethany, LA.  Peel is wanted for Unauthorized Use of a Movable and Theft.  Peel is described as a white female, 5'8" tall and weighing 200 lbs.  Peel is 31 years of age.
 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000.00 for information that results in the suspect's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP (7867) or the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 872-3956 and ask to speak with Capt. James Clements. All calls are confidential.
 
 
 

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Evening News 10-19-17


 

 

 

 

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Tom Johnson Weather Update


 

It looks like cooler temperatures will hang around for a while over the
next 10 days or so.  I hope the NWS Briefing tomorrow morning reflects the
same weather news. The next 10 days starts with a cold front headed our
way. That should bring clouds and a wind shift by late Friday evening.
 
*Better news* We could see some misty stuff late Friday evening into
Saturday morning. The rain chances jump to 75% by 2-3 pm on Saturday, but
only 1/3 inch of rain at most.  Our best chance of seeing the rain drops is
on Sunday beginning about 4am through 11am with 100% as it stands now. A
T-storm is possible, but nothing severe anticipated....just a 1/2 to 3/4
inches of rain during those hours.
 
Clearing with Sunny Skies for the rest of next week.
 
?Don't forget our National Weather Service SkyWarn training on Thursday the
2nd of November at 5:30pm in the San Augustine County Courthouse. *Everyone
interested in attending is welcome bring a friend or family member*   It
is free!  Please *RSVP* so we can have the correct amount of handouts.?
 
 

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Today's News 10-19-17


 

 

 

 

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Denning Rural Water System Boil Water Notice


 

Denning Rural Water System has a boil water notice, for more information call 936-288-0489.
 
 

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VFW Women's Memorial Ceremony


 

 

 

 

 

The Local VFW Post 8904 honored all our women veterans today October 18th, 2017.  At today's ceremony several certificates were given out.  One was given to Sergeant Margaret Parkman who served as a nurse in WWII. 

 

 

 

Sergeant Margaret Parkman WW II Vet

 

 

Texas Rail Road Commissioner Wayne Christian attended.  Below are video interviews and a album of today's events.  

 

 

Wayne Christian Interview:

 

 

 

 

Margaret Parkman Interview:

 

 

 

Photo Album Click Here: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carson and Barnes Circus presents Circus Saurus


 

Carson and Barnes Circus presents Circus Saurus tonight at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Arena in Center, Texas. Come out and watch the elephants get washed before the show at 3 p.m.  Be sure to watch out for dinosaurs at tonight's shows.  The Carson & Barnes Circus is The World’s Biggest Big Top Show with two hours of fun, excitement and pageantry for children of all ages! See elephants, horses, ponies and dogs perform amazing tricks in the center ring. Be amazed and thrilled by our extraordinary artists from around the world as they entertain you with their death defying feats and exquisite artistry!

 
This is the circus you remember from your childhood. Every seat is just feet from the action! Come early, the Midway opens one hour before showtime with a Free Petting Zoo, plus Elephant and Camel rides.  For more information visit: http://bigtopshow.com

 

 
Ticket Prices:
 
General Admission: 
 
$18 Adult 
$12 Child
 
Box Seats: 
 
$26 Adult 
$20 Child
 

 

VIDEO INTERVIEW ELEPHANT GROOMER:

 

 

 

VIDEO INTERVIEW RING MASTER:

 

 

For Photos of the Event Click Here:

 

 

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Electrical Fire in Center


 

The Center Fire Department responded to an electrical fire earlier this morning 10-18-17, at 911 Lister Street at approximately 7:38 a.m. 

 
 

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Wreck in Nacogdoches Leads to Death


 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a two vehicle fatality crash this morning 10-17-17 at the intersection of US 59 and FM 2782.
 
The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 8:40 a.m., a 2011 Dodge pickup disregarded a stop sign at FM 2782 and entered onto US 59 where it struck the back axle of a trailer being towed by a southbound 2014 Volvo truck tractor, which was traveling in the right lane of US 59.
 
The driver of the truck tractor is identified as Aasdeep Singh, 22, from Deer Park.  Singh was not reported as being injured during the crash.
 
Brandi Lane, 36, from Huntington was identified as the driver of the Dodge. Lane was pronounced deceased at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
 
 

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Center School Board Election Who is Running


 

An election will be held on November 7, 2017 for the purpose of electing a trustee for the Center Independent School District School Board.  Voting will be held at the Shelby County Clerks office located at 124 Austin Street on the downtown Center city square.  Voting will be open between October 23rd through November 3rd.  Currently those listed on the ballot are Greg Hubbard, Shannon Denby and Kris Kirby.  

 

 

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Jurdy Duty Cancelled 273rd District Court


 

 
Jury Duty Cancellation the jury that was summoned for the 273rd district court scheduled for October 23rd, Judge Charles R. Mitchell presiding has been cancelled.  Those summoned do not have to report until they receive a future summons.
 
  

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Blood Drive at First Baptist Church


 

There is a blood drive going on today at the Center First Baptist Church. Located on Cora Street. The blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for more information call 936-598-5605.

 
 

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Today's News 10-17-17 Evening Edition


 

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Today's News 10-17-17


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Special Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 18th day of October, 2017 at 11:00 am 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 and approve current payroll.
 
 
2. Adjourn.
 
 

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Timpson City Council Meeting


 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 17th day of October, 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:  
 
 
 

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Election Notices


 

 

 

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Man Shot in Shelby County


 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Saturday, October 14, 2017 the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division received a call in reference to a deceased individual located at a residence on County Road 1470 in Center. The victim was identified as an Austin Underbrink, 24, of Center. The victim appeared to have succumbed to injuries sustained from a gunshot.  Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Melissa Crouch performed the inquest and an autopsy was ordered.
 
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Underbrink was shot and killed by a juvenile subject. The juvenile subject was located by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigators in Tenaha and taken into custody.
 
The juvenile subject received magistrate warning by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Melissa Crouch. The juvenile subject was released to Juvenile Probation.  This case is still under investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
 
No further information is available at this time.
 
Leah Chase
 
SCSO Media Information
 
Obituary Click Here:
 
 

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San Augustine Commissioner Resigns


 

 
Stanley Jackson San Augustine County Commissioner Precinct 1, resigned last week on October 5th, for personal reasons, according to Judge Sammy Johnson.
 
 
 

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Tree on Fire FM 2140 - UPDATE


 

 
Update:
 
Ealier today October 16, 2017 at approximately 7:30 a.m. there was a tree that caught fire on FM 2140 the Center Fire Department and Shelbyville fire departments quickly responded.  The fire was put out and the Center Fire Department returned to the station at 8:50 a.m. this morning.  

 

 

According to emergency services at aproximately 7:30 a.m. on Monday 10-16-17 a tree caught fire on FM 2140 off 96 South. 
 
 
 
 

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Local Weather Update & Classes


 

*TUESDAY*
 
   76/49 & sunny
   Humidity drops during the day so feels like at actual
 
*WEDNESDAY*
 
   81/54 with slight warming trend, Sunny
 
============================================================================================================
 
 
The Shreveport NWS has given me 2 dates to choose from for our SkyWarn
Storm Spotter Training and Certification. The class will be BOTH the *Basic
and Advanced* Session combined?. This is *NOT* to train you as storm
chasers...just observers and reporters of severe weather to confirm to the
NWS and Emergency Management when severe weather occurs.
 
The session will run from 5:30pm until 8:30.
 
The dates are:
 
*Monday the 30th of October or Thursday the 2nd of November. *
 
*Please call Tom Johnson at 936 275-7255 or emailme at <tomjohnson1204@sbcglobal.net>omjohnson1204@gmail.com
<omjohnson1204@gmail.com>** with an RSVP so we can be sure to accommodate
everyone interested.*
 
   - I need to have at least 7 to justify their trip. I currently only
   have 3 confirmed to attend. I will know the location of the training once I
   know the number attending.
 
   - It has been a while since we have hael one here in San Augustine. We
   have had a number of changes in our first responders, feet on the street,
   and we need to be part of the Weather Ready Nation(WRN).
 
   Our emergency first responders like fire departments, law enforcement,
   ambulance services, ham operators, emergency coordinators, electric, gas,
   and water personnel are the prime audience as they are the feet on the
   street during severe weather related emergencies. The Storm Spotter
   training will be open to all who wish to participate
   so if you have a friend, family member, or someone from a surrounding
   County, please extend an invitation.
 
 

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Thank You Letter From the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Poultry Festival Chairman,
Josh Payne, Steering Committee, Ambassadors, Junior Chamber of Commerce and Young
Ambassador students and volunteers for making this year's festival a great success.
A wonderful crowd enjoyed the great weather of the weekend, vendor booths and carnival.
Please mark your calendars to join us for next year!
 
 

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Head Start Fire Day Interview


 

 

 

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Commissioner Christian Visits Midland/Odessa


 

Midland - Commissioner Wayne Christian (R -Texas) wrapped up a three-day 
trip to Midland/Odessa, where he visited with local Railroad Commission staff; checked
out the Fasken Oil & Ranch water recycling operations; and toured the Odessa College
Electronic Technology program.
 
"I always enjoy getting out to our district offices, visiting with staff, and learning
about unique challenges faced by both staff and industry across the state," said
 Commissioner Christian. "The Railroad Commission is more than just three elected
officials making decisions in Austin. It is an agency of hundreds of hardworking
 men and women across the state, fighting to ensure Texas remains both prosperous
and environmentally safe."
 
While in Midland, Christian toured Fasken Oil & Ranch's water recycling operations
with RRC's Midland Oil & Gas District District Director Craig Pearson. Christian
 saw firsthand why the company won the Chairman's Stewardship award at the Interstate
Oil and Gas Compact Commission earlier this month.
 
Additionally, Christian spent time touring Odessa College's Electronic Technology
program, discussing his energy education and workforce development initiative and
learning about the unique opportunities available through their programs.
"The Permian Basin is ground zero for the new energy renaissance the United States
is seeing, and operators out here are leading the world in innovation and technology,"
continued Christian. "It is essential that we continue to train the next generation
of our workforce to ensure we are able to take full advantage of the jobs and economic
growth that come with the next oil and gas boom."

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J & B SAUSAGE COMPANY, INC. RECALLS FULLY COOKED SHREDDED BEEF PRODUCTS DUE TO POSSIBLE FOREIGN MATTER CONTAMINATION


 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2017– J & B Sausage Company, Inc., doing business as J Bar B Foods, a Waelder, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 12,816 pounds of fully cooked shredded beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 
 
The Fully Cooked Smoked Seasoned Shredded Beef with BBQ Sauce items, were produced under the H-E-B label on Sept. 16, 2017.  The following products are subject to recall: 
       
28-oz. trays of H-E-B Fully Cooked Smoked Seasoned Shredded Beef with BBQ sauce with a use by date of Dec. 15 2017.
16-oz trays of H-E-B Fully Cooked Smoked Seasoned Shredded Beef with BBQ sauce with a use by date of Dec. 15 2017.
 
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 7066” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Texas.
                                  
The problem was discovered on October 11, 2017, when J Bar B Foods received notification from their consignee that a consumer complaint had been received regarding foreign material, specifically plastic, in the product. 
 
There have been no confirmed reports of injury or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury should contact a healthcare provider.  
 
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
 
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. 
 
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Bonnie Hyman, consumer representative, at (830) 788-7511.  Media with questions about the recall can contact Jim Williams, company president, at (830) 788-7511.
 
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
 
 

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Joaquin City Meetings


 

 

Joaquin City Council Meeting: 

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday October 17, 2017
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary– Update- GLO procurement Grant funds.
b. Utility Billing Manager
Report  --Monthly receipts
c. Public Works Manager
Update – Operator Qualification Training.
d. Water Department
Update—Ongoing Water Projects.
6. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on adoption of official paper of the City of Joaquin.
8. Discussion & Council Action on selection of nomination to Shelby County Appraisal District board of directors.
9. Discussion & Council Action on adoption of GLO-CDR Procurement policy.
10. Discussion & Council Action on consideration of possible rental of City owned building (Steve Hughes Drive)
11. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a. Public Works Employees- Personnel Review & Possible Merit Pay Adjustment.
12. Discussion and Council Action on Hiring of Temporary Part-Time Public Works Worker
13. Adjournment.
 
 
Joaquin Economic Development Corportation Meeting:
 
 
The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board discussion & possible approval of 2018 marketing and promotional materials.
4. Board discussion & possible approval of increased allocation for road worker expense.
5. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
6. Review of financial standing of JED Corporation.
7. Adjourn.
 
 
Joaquin Publice Safety Corporation Meeting:
 
The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, October 17, 2017
at 6:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board discussion and possible approval of 2018 marketing & promotional materials.
4. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
5. Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.
6. Adjourn.
 
IF during the course of the of the meetings, 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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San Augustine Chamber Meeting


 

The San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce will have a membership meeting on October 17,2017 at 12:00.  Imogene's Cafe and Baked Goods will be the Business of the Month and El Jiro will Cater the meal.  Linda Goller will be our speaker of the month and she will give us all a History lesson on Sassafras!  Please come join us!
 
 

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Today's News 10-13-17 Evening Edition


 

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Local Weather Update


 
 - A strong dome of HIGH pressure is the current system that is sitting
   over us. it will keep us Dry and cause a Continued warming back up into the
   90's again trend at least through Sunday.
 
   - Late day Sunday a cold front LOW will drop in and put us back in the
   more normal October temperatures like we have had the last couple of days
   with highs in the 70's and lows in the upper 50's & low 60's during the
   evenings.
 
   - NO RAIN. We are on the tail end of the LOW's Trough with nothing to
   trigger moisture to fall.
   - Increasing drought conditions, but TAME winds will not exacerbate the
   drying conditions.
 
   - TROPICALS - None. No development in the Atlantic or off the African
   Coast is shown in the Atlantic and Ophelia is way away from US and moving
   into Central, North Atlantic's cold waters.
   - *Be Sure to stay hydrated! Its drier than you think!*
   - *Take care of your pets, plants, and check on neighbors and look in on
       our elderly.*
 
  *Please use extra caution in any outdoor burning as the drying
   conditions continue to worsen.*
 

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Today's News 10-13-17


 

 

 

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Sheriff Willis Blackwell Investigation Report


 
 
This information was obtained in accordance with the freedom of information act, with proper written approval.  
 
According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Ranger Travis Brazil Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell is under investigation for the criminal charge of Abuse of Official Capacity.  
 
On 1-2-16, Texas Ranger Travis Brazil was contacted by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Shedrick Sparks about allegations he received concerning Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell.  Blackwell had reported used the SCSO Mobile Command Center trailer for personal use on his deer lease.  The deer lease was in Panola County and the trailer at the time was not at the SCSO.  
 
On 1-12-16, Ranger Brazil was contacted by Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison about the allegations against Sheriff Blackwell.  The County Auditor had traveled to Sheriff Blackwell’s deer lease and photographed the trailer being used on the lease.  Judge Harbison expressed her desire for the allegations against Blackwell to be investigated. 
 
On 1-13-16, Texas Ranger Brazil was contacted by Shelby County Attorney Gary Rholes, who informed him that Sheriff Blackwell also allegedly used the county owned utility vehicle for personal use.
 
On 1-13-16, Ranger Brazil was also contacted by Shelby County District Attorney Ken Florence.  Ranger Brazil presented the information that he had collected to D.A Florence, who then requested that the Texas Rangers investigate the allegations of Abuse of Official Capacity by Sheriff Blackwell.  D.A Ken Florence provided a letter stating he would seek an indictment and would prosecute any violations of Texas criminal law determined by the investigation.  
 
On 3-9-16 approval to conduct the investigation was authorized by Assistant Director of the Texas Rangers Chief Randall Prince.  On 3-23-16 at about 9:58 a.m., Texas Ranger Ron Duff received an email from Ranger Lieutenant Robert Smith indicating Ranger Duff was assigned to conduct the investigation regarding the allegations against Sheriff Blackwell.  
 
On 3-28-16 Ranger Duff conducted interviews with Chief Deputy Sparks who state that “The trailer had been used previously at some of the local festivals.  Sheriff Blackwell wanted to take the trailer to the deer lease for a fish fry in 2015.”  According to Sparks “the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office never had a meeting in 2015 at the deer lease, but the trailer remained at the deer lease.”   Chief Sparks was told by Blackwell that he had utilized some pipe recovered by SCSO.  Sparks also stated that “Deputy Roy Bailey had taken the trustees to the deer lease.”  
 
Chief Sparks went on to explain that the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office had been awarded a black Jeep in a Federal Investigation, and the Jeep was kept at Sheriff Blackwell’s residence.  In addition, he also kept a Mule (UTV) and trailer to haul the UTV, which belonged to the SCSO.  According to Deputy Sparks the Jeep was kept at Blackwell’s residence because it was used for undercover work and that keeping it there kept the inmates from recognizing it.  According to Deputy Sparks County Auditor Clint Porterfield had asked where these items were, and they were brought back to the SCSO.  Sparks reported the pipe utilized at the deer lease had been stored at the SCSO.  He was not aware how the pipe arrived at the deer lease.
  
On 3-28-16 Texas Ranger Duff interviewed SCSO Deputy Bailey.  According to Deputy Bailey he drove his county issued vehicle to the deer lease to mow around the SCSO Mobile Command Center trailer.  Deputy Bailey recalled carrying two or three inmates with him, along with two riding lawn mowers, a push mower, and weed eater all on a trailer, all of which belonged to the SCSO.  Deputy Bailey said, “He was instructed to perform this work by Sheriff Blackwell.”   Deputy Bailey went to the deer lease at least twice to mow and the third time he visited he brought two inmates and a blue Miller Bobcat welding machine to tack weld some pipe.  They welded some pipe that was already at the Sheriff’s deer lease.  Deputy Bailey was instructed by Sheriff Blackwell to carry out this task.
 
Deputy Bailey recalled mowing the grass at Sheriff Blackwell’s residence sometime after Sheriff Blackwell had back surgery.  Deputy Bailey was instructed by the Sheriff to mow the grass at his residence.  Deputy Bailey used the same county lawn mowers and equipment that he had at Blackwell’s deer lease.  Bailey noted that the SCSO Mule was at Blackwell’s residence at that time.  On another occasion Deputy Bailey went to Blackwell’s residence to collect the seized black Jeep and get it inspected.  Deputy Bailey said” His understanding was the Jeep was kept at Sheriff Blackwell’s residence because it was utilized for undercover investigations.
 
Texas Ranger Duff was currently a Patrol Sergeant for the SCSO.  Sergeant Barbee stated after Sheriff Blackwell took office in 2013, the SCSO Mobile Command Center trailer was gone from the SCSO for extended periods of time.  In the fall of 2015 Sgt. Barbee noticed that the SCSO had a substantial amount of pipe that belonged to Devon Energy.  The pipe was stored in the SCSO storage facility where the SCSO normally kept evidence.  Sergeant Barbee said” an outside trustee told him he had a long weekend welding for the Sheriff.”  The trustee indicated the pipe being stored at the SCSO was take to Sheriff Blackwell’s deer lease and was utilized for a bridge.  Sergeant Barbee explained Deputy Bailey had transported the trustees to the deer lease, and they used a welding machine in custody of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to do the welding.  Sergeant Barbee said, “he observed the inmates build a hog trap at SCSO for Sheriff Blackwell.”  An inmate was also utilized to work on an ATV at the SCSO for the Shelby County Jail Administrator.  According to Sergeant Barbee Sheriff Blackwell utilized SCSO inmates to check his hog traps.  Sheriff Blackwell and the inmates brought some hogs back from the deer lease and cooked the hogs at the SCSO.  Sergeant Barbee stated inmates told him the SCSO UTV and trailer were also at the Sheriff’s deer lease.
 
On 3-29-17, Texas Ranger Duff interviewed Sheriff Willis Blackwell.  Sheriff Blackwell stated that the SCSO Mobile Command Center Trailer was taken to the deer lease for a SCSO fish fry and meeting.  The trailer stayed at the deer lease for weather.  Sheriff Blackwell admitted to retrieving the trailer from the deer lease and taking it to the Poultry Festival, then taking it back to his deer lease.
  
Sheriff Blackwell stated 14 or 15 pieces of pipe were recovered for Devon Energy and stored at the SCSO.  The pipe was magnetized and could not be sold.  According to Sheriff Blackwell, Devon Energy did not want the pipe, so they used it around the SCSO.  He admitted to taking six or seven pipe joints to his deer lease to use in the construction of a bridge across a creek and using inmates to weld it.  He admitted to using a welding machine from SCSO that was abandoned property.  Sheriff Blackwell admitted Deputy Bailey utilized a County vehicle and trailer to haul the welding machine to the deer lease.  Sheriff Blackwell explained the reason he took the pipe to the deer lease was because it was in the way at the SCSO and he had been weed eating around it for three years.  
 
Sheriff Blackwell admitted to taking the SCSO Mule to the deer lease and taking inmates with him at the deer lease and killing four hogs.  The hogs were taken back to the SCSO and cooked for the inmates and employees.  Sheriff Blackwell also admitted he kept the SCSO Mule at his residence and the undercover Jeep.  He kept the Jeep there so it would not be seen by inmates.  He also admitted to using inmates to mow his residence.   
 
Sheriff Willis Blackwell consented to take Texas Ranger Duff to his residence to photograph the area.  He also consented for ranger Duff to photograph the equipment at the SCSO.  The investigation has been forwarded to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
 
      
Attached is the Synopsis if you want to read it the last few pages were omitted for containing sensitive information. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 

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Fire Awareness Week Photos


 

 

 

 

 

As part of fire awareness week the Center Fire Department is visiting with different schools in Center to teach the children about fires, and the proper protocol to follow when in one.

 

 

 

 

To see the Photo Gallery Click Here:

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 10-12-17


 

 

 

 

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Today's News 10-11-17


 

 

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Tropical Storm Ophelia Update


 

Tropical Storm *"Ophelia"* is making the most of a lukewarm environment for
classic tropical cyclone development. Sea surface temperatures are
marginal, around 27°C (81°F, or about 2°F above average for this time of
year), with negligible oceanic heat content, and the atmosphere is not
especially moist (mid-level relative humidity around 55%).
 
However, temperatures are unusually cold at upper levels, and this is boosting
atmospheric instability, helping to compensate for the tepid ocean.
Moreover, Ophelia appears to be tucked into a location with less wind shear
than the overall surrounding environment.
 
After a midweek relaxation of steering currents around Ophelia, a stronger
midlatitude trough is expected to begin carting the storm east or
northeast. The GFS and ECMWF operational runs from 0Z Monday suggest that
Ophelia could threaten the Azores this weekend.
 

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Local Weather Update


 

We seem to be caught up in the Fall Doldrums....really unusual weather. and
the next 7-10 days will not be much different.
 
 
   
- *Today* - A little cooler, mostly cloudy, but some PM sun is possible.
   with front will come some 8-12 MPH winds. BUT...81/53 temperatures.
   
- *Wednesday* - mostly clear with North wind at 5 MPH, 81/59
   
- *Thursday* - 87/65 and sunny
   
- *Friday - Saturday - Sunday* - Back to hot and humid as winda return
   from the South and with them comes the Gulf moisture. Highs back into the
   low 90's and upper 60's at night. "feels like" temps....8-10 degrees warmer.
   
- *Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday* of next week returns to more Fall like
   low 80's Mid 50's with winds returning to North and Eastward directions and
   "feels like" will be the actuals.
   
- DID I MENTION....NO RAIN!!!
 
 
 
The Jet Stream is caught up way North of us and in Canada....just nothing
to trigger the moisture for us.
 
 

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Commissioners Court Results


 

 

 

 

At today's Commissioners Court Meeting the officer reports were approved.  New York Life gave a presentation.  Allegiance mobile health gave a presentation.  Two new board member for the Appraisal District Board of Directors were chosen Judge Alison Harbison and Robin Conell. 

 

Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood was allowed to purchase a new vehicle.  They approved the donation of 3 loads of gravel from Longview Asphalt for the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Office in Center.  They reconsider constable and sheriff fees to serve citations and lowered them to $70.  Lastly the court adjourned.  

 

 

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Today's News 10-10-17


 

 

 

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Today's News 10-9-17 with Justin Mott


 

 

 

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Wreck on Shelbyville Street in Center


 

 
 
 
 
Earlier today at approximately 11:11 a.m. a two vehicle wreck occurred on Shelbyville Street in Center. 
 
 
According to the Center Police Department Virgina Lemoine 82 of Center was traveling south on Shelbyville Street in a small black SUV with her husband Julian Rock 82 also of Center as a passenger, when she rear ended a trailer being pulled by a truck driven by Endino Ramirez 41 of Center. 
 
 
 
No fatalities occurred Julian Rock and Virgina Lemonie where transported to the Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center with none life threatening injuries.  Emergency forces blockaded the road and a wrecker service hauled away the vehicle.  No citations were given at the scene.  The scene was quickly cleared and traffic resumed.   
 
 
 
 
 

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Closure on University Drive


 

LUFKIN – Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday on FM 1878/Starr Avenue in Nacogdoches that will require a lane closure on University Drive.
 
Weather permitting, Drewery Construction, contractor for the $1.7 million LaNana Creek Bridge replacement, will begin placing beams on Tuesday. An outside southbound lane of University Drive will be closed during this work, which is scheduled to continue through Wednesday.
This construction project includes the replacement of the old LaNana Creek Bridge with a new 160-foot bridge that will have four 11-foot lanes, 5-foot shoulders and 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of the bridge in order to accommodate foot and bike traffic. Included will be the placement of about 200-foot of new pavement at each end of the bridge.
 
“This closure on University Drive is necessary in the construction process in order to safely set the beams for the new bridge,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “We anticipate the roadway will be confined to one southbound lane both Tuesday and Wednesday. We encourage drivers to reduce their speed and expect delays during peak travel hours.”
The project is on schedule to be completed in early 2018. Detours remain in place through Austin Street/FM 2609. FM 1878/Starr Avenue remains closed to through traffic between BU 59 and FM 1275.
 
The entrance to Pecan Park is not closed, but the existing walking trail beneath the LaNana Creek Bridge is detoured around Wilson Drive and is delineated for easy identification.

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San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on Tuesday, the 10TH day of October 2017 at 8:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following will be discussed and appropriate action taken; pursuant to B.T.C.A. Government Code Chapter 51, Open Meetings Act, including all Subchapters and Sections:
 
 
 
 
 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

 
The Center City Council will meet n Regular Session on Moday, October 9th at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Room at Center City Hall. 
 
 
 

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Local Weather Update


 

It does look like the Tropical Storm "NATE" is going to hold the cold front at bay and bring us lots of clouds through Monday. The High pressure system will still reform over us by mid week, but we will likely not see the lows originally forecast due to NATE's fast movement and expected landfall as a Cat 1 Hurricane this weekend in the general area of Louisiana and Florida. The good news is the Cold front has lots of sheer aloft and steering currents at all levels of the atmosphere to keep NATE from developing and slowly dumping rain as it moves across the Eastern and Northern parts of the US. (Graphic below)
 
 
Very little chance for winds or rain more than the normal 6-8 MPH and spot your windshield type of rain if you did not wash your car.
 
 

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Joaquin ISD Incident


 

Joaquin ISD received information regarding an anonymous text message from an unknown number containing a potential threat to the school.  The authorities were contacted and an investigation is being conducted.  Upon initial investigation, it was determined there was no immediate danger to any of your children or Joaquin ISD staff.  The anonymous text was not intended for Joaquin ISD.  Authorities have contacted the out of state school where it was intended.  Thank you for everyone’s quick response and orderly conduct.  We will continue to monitor the situation and take necessary safety measures to keep our students and staff safe.
 
Phil Worsham, Superintendent
Joaquin Independent School District
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners Meeting


 
Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 10th of October, 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 September 6, 2017 Workshop meeting, September 11, 2017 Regular meeting, the September 20, 2017 Special meeting, September 20, 2017 Public Hearing, the September 25, 2017 Special meeting and the September 29, 2017 Special meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
 
2. Approve the weekly expenses.
 
3. Approve Officers’ Reports.
 
4. Public Comments on Agenda items. 
 
5. Jenny Schroeder with New York Life Insurance to give presentation.
 
6. Johnnie Perry to give presentation for Allegiance EMS.
 
7. Nominate two Board Members for the Shelby County Appraisal District.
 
8. Discuss and possibly approve a bid for new vehicle for Constable Pct. 3.
 
9. Approve donation of 3 loads of gravel from Longview Asphalt for the Extension Office parking lot.
 
10.  Reconsider setting Sheriff and Constable Fees for 2018. 
 
11. Adjourn.
 

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Today's News 10-6-17


 

 

 

 

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Local Weather Update


 

   - High Pressure is setting in today and will give drier conditions
    across the region.
 
   - A Cold front(Low) will precede the Tropical Storm now named *"NATE"*.
   The storm is a fast mover and the rain impact will be minimal for the Deep
   East Texas Region as landfall will be Southeastern Louisiana to the Florida
   panhandle. 
 
   - Next week the High pressure system will rebuild and will add to the
   Drought conditions to the North and East portions of Deep East Texas, OK,
   NW & Southern Arkansas, along with NW La as the winds pick up with the dry
   air.
 
   - With Nate will come slightly warmer conditions than forecast earlier
   this week, but still in 70's for highs and low 60's for Lows & with the low
   humidity will come the "feels Like" at actual temperature.
 
 

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Arrest for First Degree Rape in DeSoto


 

 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to inform the public of an arrest for First Degree Rape. 
 
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the molestation of a juvenile following a complaint from a concerned adult.
 
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect had inappropriate contact with a juvenile under the age of 13.  
 
Detectives identified the suspect as Louis Wayne Rutan (W/M - DOB: 05/22/1979) of Stonewall, LA.  He was interviewed by detectives and arrested for First Degree Rape.  At the time of this release, no bond has been set.
 
 

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Poultry Festival Opening Ceremony


 

The opening ceremony of the 2017 East Texas Poultry Festival was held on 10-5-17 at 10 a.m. on the downtown Center city square on the Frances Oates Center stage.  The event was covered live on the Radio on our station KQBB 100.5 FM. 

 

Below is video from the event along with some pictures from opening day.  Stay tuned to our stations, website cbc-radio.com, facebook pages KQBB and Center Broadcasting Company on Facebook for the latest Poultry Festival updates. Also tune in to the General Store today 10-6-17 on KDET 930 AM radio to hear Justin Mott play his harmonica.

 

Opening Ceremony Part 1: 

 

 

Opening Ceremony Part 2:

 

 

Opening Ceremony Part 3:

 

 

 

 

 

Poultry Festival Photo Ablum 1 Opening Day Click Here:

 

 

 

Poultry Festival Photo Ablum 2 Opening Day Click Here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poultry Festival Interviews


 

Josh Payne Poultry Festival Chairman:

 

 

Shelby County Chick:

 

 

 

Danny Foster Center Lions Club:

 

 

 

Shelby County JCC:

 

 

 

Name Rings and More:

 

 

 

Justin Mott:

 

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Road Closure Due to Construction


 

According to Shelby County Commissioner Precinct 1 County Road 1440 will be closed at Irish Creek starting October 6th for approximately 45 days for new concrete bridge to be installed, replacing out dated wooden bridge.

 

 

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Local Weather Update


 

?If you thought *Summer* would never end, especially since we are well into
*Fall*, you will be as happy as I am to tell you by next Thursday we will
have dropped from the 90/65 range to 74/52? range of temperatures. Light
jacket/sweater weather?....Real Football temps!
 
We have an Arctic cold front building and heading in our direction bringing
us a Normal series of Fall temps. We will see some light rain with the
fronts entry into Deep East Texas.
 
 
For the third day in a row, the Atlantic had no named tropical cyclones on
Tuesday. Such a statement wouldn’t seem unusual had it not been for the
turbo-charged period from late August through September. This frenetic
interval produced six hurricanes, including five major hurricanes and four
that reached Category 4 or 5 strength. In Atlantic data going back to 1851,
September set a record for the most amount of accumulated cyclone energy in
any month—175, beating out 155 from September 1926—according to Phil
Klotzbach (Colorado State University).
 
Klotzbach also reports these records set in September:
 
Number of named-storm days:  53.25 (old record 52.25, Sept. 2004)
Number of hurricane days:  40.25 (old record 34.50, Sept. 2006)
Number of major hurricane days:  18 (old record 17.25, Sept. 1961)
 
Each of these tallies includes the total number of days at each strength
level for each storm of the month.
 
 
Light shear, toasty waters means we need to keep a close watch on a
tropical low developing in the caribbean off Honduras. It looks like it
will develop into a named storm as it moves into the warm Gulf and right
now looks to make landfall somewhere between Louisiana and Florida. Global
models have been hinting at this possibility for days, and it’s a
climatologically favored progression.
 
 
I am setting up another SkyWarn Training & Certification class and hope to
have a date from the Shreveport folks today or tomorrow.  The past 2-3
years has involved a number of changes in emergency and first response
personnel in the Deep East Texas area. And, several individuals who could
not attend other sessions we have held have requested the additional
training session to be held. This will be a combined Basic & Advanced
session.
 
A reminder: it is NOT to make you a Storm Chaser. Our emergency
first responders like fire departments, law enforcement, ambulance
services, ham operators, emergency coordinators, electric, gas, and water
personnel are the prime audience as they are the feet on the street during
severe weather related emergencies. The Storm Spotter training will be open
to all who wish to participate from San Augustine, Shelby, Sabine, Jasper,
Angelina, Nacogdoches and other counties in the Deep East Texas Region. San
Augustine is a good central point for those not local to partake of the
training.

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Poultry Festival Schedule


 

The 2017 East Texas Poultry,Presenting Sponsor Farmers State Bank, will be held on the Downtown Square October 5th, 6th and 7th.
 
The Opening Ceremonies, Sponsored by High Roller Wells, will begin at 10:00am on the Main Stage.  The 2017 Queen and her Court will officially open the Festival with the traditional cutting of the Feathers.  Let the Fun Begin!!
 
Enjoy Entertainment throughout the Festival on the Frances Oates Main Stage, Sponsored by Specter, Inc.
 
Tune in to KQBB 100.5 FM today at 10:00 a.m. for the opening ceremony.
 
The Food Booths Open Daily at 10:00 a.m.  
 
Carnival Arm Bands are $18.
 
The 5K Run, sponsored by Cline's Family Clinic, starts at 7:30 at the Windham Civic Center.  Packets may be picked up at the Chamber offices on Wednesday from 9-5 or at the John C. Rogers Coffee Shop on Thursday 7am - 3pm.   Proceeds from this event will go to providing mammograms at the Health Fair to be held in March 2018.
 
The 4-H/FFA Broiler Show starts at 10:00a.m. on Saturday morning.
 
For all you Chicken Cluckers, the "Strut, Cluck and Crow", competition begins at 5:30 on the Main Stage.  Thank you to Platinum Sponsor, the Light and Champion and Award Sponsor, Payne's Community News.  Start strutting and fluffing your feathers.
 
Fingers crossed you win the Lions Club Jeep.  The Drawing will be held at 6:00p.m. on Saturday.
 
The 4-H and FFA Broiler Show Auction will be held at the Main Stage at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Come support the Youth!
 
New this year
 
Creative Arts Show at the AgriLife Extension Gym includes the Quilt Show, Can-A-Rama, Art, Metal Work and Wood Work from all ages.  The AgriLife Extension Gym is located at the Old Center Elementary School off the downtown square.
 
The Talent Eggstravaganza on the Main Stage, Saturday from 11:30 until 5:30. 
 
Schedule of Events for Thursday:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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HIGH ROLLER ANGUS RANKED FIFTH IN ANGUS REGISTRATIONS FOR TEXAS DURING 2017


 

 
High Roller Angus, Center, ranked as fifth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Texas with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2017, which ended Sept. 30, according to Allen Moczygemba, Association chief executive officer.
 
Angus breeders across the nation in 2017 registered 332,421 head of Angus cattle. "Our growth this fiscal year continues to demonstrate strong demand for Angus genetics and solidifies our long-held position as a leader in the beef cattle industry," Moczygemba says. "These results underscore our members' commitment to providing genetic solutions to the beef cattle industry."
 
 

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Dance Furniture Under New Ownership


 

Dance Furniture in Center now has new owners. Dance Furniture has recently sold to Blake Furniture.  We look forward to new owner's Blake Furniture being a part of our community.

 
 

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Today's News 10-3-17


 

 

 

 

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Suspect Flees Authorities Dies in Chase


 

SHELBY COUNTY – A male who was a suspect in a Shelby County domestic
disturbance case evaded law enforcement Saturday evening and fled to a residence
on CR 3798. After running on foot behind a residence, law enforcement officers
heard a single gunshot from behind the home and soon after discovered the suspect
dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
 
Shelby County law enforcement officials and Texas Department of Public Safety
(DPS) Troopers attempted to stop the suspect on U.S. 84 at approximately 8 p.m.,
he fled from officers onto U.S. 59, continuing the felony evading until he reached
the residence on CR 3798.
 
The Texas Rangers (DPS) were called to the scene and began an investigation into
the incident. The identity of the suspect is not available for release at this time.
 
No additional information is currently available.

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Flags Flown at Half Staff in Honor of Las Vegas Victims


 

The U.S President order all U.S flags to be flown at half staff yesterday 10-2-17 in honor of those who passed away in the Las Vegas Shooting.  For the President's full statement: click here

 

 

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2017 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen


 

A New Queen was Crowned at the Coronation held Saturday September 30, 2017 at Center
High School.  1st Runner-Up is Kiersten Turner.  2nd-Runner-Up is Michalla Bryd.
Fourteen young
 
Ladies representing all Shelby County High Schools, their escorts and the Children
of the Court participated in the beautiful event.
 
Thank you to the Sponsors JML Management, Sombreros Mexican Grill & Cantina and 
Wiggins Farms.
 
Thank you to Chris Watlington, Master of Ceremonies for the Evening.
 
A special Thank You to Committee Chairman, Caroline Corbell and her committee: Jesse
Wiggins, Shanell Ruiz, Sharisse McAdams and Kay Fairchild for the many many hours
of hard work to make all the Pageant activities and the Coronation a success!
 
 
Poultry Festival Schedule:
 
The 2017 East Texas Poultry,Presenting Sponsor Farmers State Bank, will be held on the Downtown Square October 5th, 6th and 7th.
 
The Opening Ceremonies, Sponsored by High Roller Wells, will begin at 10:00am on
 the Main Stage.  The 2017 Queen and her Court will officially open the Festival
 with the traditional cutting of the Feathers.
Let the Fun Begin!!
 
Enjoy Entertainment throughout the Festival on the Frances Oates Main Stage, Sponsored
by Specter, Inc.
 
The Food Booths Open Daily at 10:00 am.  
 
The 5K Run, sponsored by Cline's Family Clinic, starts at 7:30 at the Windham Civic
Center.  Packets may be picked up at the Chamber offices on Wednesday from 9-5 or
at the John C. Rogers Coffee Shop on Thursday 7am - 3pm.   Proceeds from this event
will go to providing mammograms at the Health Fair to be held in March 2018.
 
The 4-H/FFA Broiler Show starts at 10:00a.m. on Saturday morning.
 
For all you Chicken Cluckers, the "Strut, Cluck and Crow", competition begins at
 5:30 on the Main Stage.  Thank you to Platinum Sponsor, the Light and Champion 
and Award Sponsor, Payne's Community News.  Start strutting and fluffing your feathers.
 
Fingers crossed you win the Lions Club Jeep.  The Drawing will be held at 6:00p.m.
on Saturday.
 
The 4-H and FFA Broiler Show Auction will be held at the Main Stage at 7:00 p.m.
 on Saturday.  Come support the Youth!
 
New this year
Creative Arts Show at the AgriLife Extension Gym includes the Quilt Show, Can-A-Rama,
Art, Metal Work and Wood Work from all ages.
 
The Talent Eggstravaganza on the Main Stage, Saturday from 11:30 until 5:30.  The
AgriLife Extension Gym is located at the Old Center Elementary School off the downtown
square.
 
 

 

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Today's News 10-2-17


 

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Patch at First United Methodist


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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