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Today's News 1-31-18


 

 

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George Randall Gilchrist Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Randall Gilchrist was arrested for the sexual assault of a child by the Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office on January 29th, 2018.  He has since placed a bond and is awaiting trial. This information from the Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office.   

 

 

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Full Moon & Eclipse Photos


 

In case you missed the esclipse or full moon this morning 1-31-18 here are some photos, click on them to enlarge them.

 

 

 

 

 

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Marty Haggard Visits Center, Texas


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 2-8-18 Merle Haggard's oldest son Marty Haggard visited Center, Texas he performed at the John D. Windham Civic Center.  Haggard was introduced by Center Broadcasting Companies News Director Justin Mott.  The concert started at 6:30 p.m. and after a minor technical difficulty got underway.   The crowd laughed at his stories that he told in between songs and afterwards he stayed to meet everyone and he did.  He literally stayed until the last person left the building.  Below is a interview with Marth Haggard along with two songs he and his band played and some pictures from the concert.  

 

 

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Drug Bust


 

 

On January 26, 2018 Sgt. Christopher Knowlton (with his K9 “Elliott”) was patrolling the Florence Street area when he observed a known male subject.  Upon running the subject’s name it was discovered that the subject was wanted (out of the Center Municipal Court).  Upon  turning  back to the suspect’s residence, the wanted individual was no longer on the porch,  at that point Officers observed multiple subjects in a vehicle behind the residence.  Upon making contact with the vehicle Officers observed what appeared to be an active drug transaction occurring inside of the vehicle.  K9 Elliott was subsequently deployed with a positive alert on the suspect vehicle.  Officers  recovered  from the vehicle  approximately 9.5 grams of “crack” cocaine and 0.55 ounces of marijuana.  Arrested on scene were: 
 
 
 
 
a.Randal Lamar Rushing
 
 
 
 
b.Trumaine Willis Bazile
 
 
 
c.Donald Wayne Moss Jr.
 
It is important to note that Mr. Rushing is currently out on bond for multiple drug related offences and that Mr. Bazile is currently out on parole for drug related offences.
 

 

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How to Use the Scan & Go at Walmart


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Governor Greg Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Seven To Sulphur River Basin Authority Board of Directors


 

 

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Brad Drake and Wally Kraft to the Sulphur River Basin Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2019. Additionally, the Governor appointed Bret McCoy and Katie Stedman for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021 and appointed Kelly Mitchell, Gary Cheatwood, and Chris Spencer for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. In addition, the Governor named Spencer presiding officer of the board. The board has the responsibility to construct, maintain, and operate inside the state and in the watershed of the Sulphur River and its tributaries inside or outside the boundaries of the authority any works considered essential to the operation of the authority and for its administration in controlling, storing, preserving, and distributing the water of the Sulphur River and its tributary streams, including the storm water and floodwater.
 
 
 
Brad Drake of Paris is CEO of Lamar Companies LLC. He is a former board member of the North Lamar Education Foundation. Drake received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.
 
 
 
Wally Kraft of Paris is a veterinarian and the owner of Animal Health Center. He is the Texas delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association and former president of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, he is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club and Farm Bureau. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. Kraft received a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of veterinary medicine from Kansas State University.
 
 
 
Bret McCoy of Omaha is a financial advisor who works in the financial services business. He is a board member of the Morris County Farm Bureau and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Parish Council. McCoy received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture development from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in agriculture from Texas A&M University - Commerce.
 
 
 
Katie Stedman of Mount Pleasant is president and CEO of the Mount Pleasant/Titus County Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she was the director of operations at Prepared 4 Life. She is a member of the Lions Club of Mount Pleasant and the Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant. Stedman received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.
 
 
 
Kelly Mitchell of Texarkana is the president and chief operating officer of TEXAR Federal Credit Union. He is secretary and board member of Riverbend Water Resources and an ex-officio member of the Region D Water Planning Group. He is a member of Athe Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Wilber Smith Rotary Club and president of the Wright Patman Chapter of Credit Unions. In addition, he previously served as the chair of Harvest Texarkana and Texas A&M Texarkana Alumni Association. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University at Texarkana.
 
 
 
Gary Cheatwood of Bogata is an equipment operator for Pat Donelson. He is president of the Cuthand Volunteer Fire Department and an archeological steward for the Texas Historical Society. Previously, he served as a member of the Region D Water Planning Group. He was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard. Cheatwood received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education from East Texas State University in Commerce.
 
 
 
Chris Spencer of Hughes Springs is president and chief operating officer of Crump Foods, Inc. He is the current secretary of the Linden Economic Development Corporation and past president of the Hughes Springs Chamber of Commerce. Spencer attended The University of Texas at Tyler majoring in Management and minoring in economics.
 
 

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City of San Augustine Boil Water Notice Lifted


 

 

The City of San Augustine Boil Water Notice has been lifted.
 
 
 

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Today's News 1-30-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Releases Second Report To The People Of Texas


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today released his second “Report to the People of Texas,” which highlights the legislative, economic, educational, and public safety achievements over the past year. The year in review offers a look back at the triumphs and challenges of 2017, and provides Texans greater insight into important programs and policies being implemented across the state, in addition to other actions Governor Abbott has taken to move Texas forward. 
 
"Though tested this year by Hurricane Harvey and other challenges, Texas remains the envy of the nation," Governor Abbott wrote. "That is why I have focused on making the Lone Star State freer, stronger, safer and smarter, and why I will continue to work with my partners in the Texas Legislature to build a brighter path to opportunity for all Texans.”     
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Center Fire Department Responds to Grass Fire


 

 

The Center Fire Department will be assisting the West Shelby County Fire Department in responding to a Grass Fire about 9 miles out on hwy 7 west.   

 
 

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Blue Moon


 

 

A blue moon, a super moon and a lunar eclipse will all fall on the same
night at the end of January in an event that hasn’t happened in over 150
years.
 
These three lunar events separately are not uncommon, but it is rare for
all three to occur at the same time. *The last time that there was a blue
moon, a super moon and a total lunar eclipse at the same time for North
America was on March 31, 1866.*
 
These are the Moons that will be with us on this Tuesday evening. Go to
*AccuWeather* for more information & details on where and when best to see
these Moons. It has been more than 150 years as Brian Lada explains. It's
history we can view this time around...clouds permitting(and we should have
clear skies for viewing)....All on the same evening.....
 
 
 

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To The San Jacinto River Authority Board Of Directors


 

 

 
AUSTIN  Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Charles Ed Boulware and Mark Micheletti to the San Jacinto River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on October 16, 2023. The Governor additionally appointed Kaaren Cambio for a term to expire on October 16, 2019.
 
 
 
*Charles Ed Boulware* of Montgomery is retired after 38 years at Shell Oil Company. He is the past president of the April Sound Mens Club. Boulware received a Bachelor of Science in computing science from Texas A&M University.
 
 
 
*Mark Micheletti* of Kingwood is the executive director for Berkeley Eye Center. He is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs and the Houston Society of CPAs. He currently serves as chairman of the Lake Houston Economic Development Council and past chairman and current member of the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce. Micheletti received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University.
 
 
 
*Kaaren Cambio* of Kingwood has recently retired as president of Caymus Resources. She is a former member of Womens Business Enterprise National Investment Recovery Association, Pipeline Contractors Association, and the Houston Pipeliners Association. She is the past president and current member of the Kings Trails Chapter of the National Charity League and a member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeos Scholarship & Tours Committees. Additionally, she serves as a Deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood and volunteers with the USO at the Bush Intercontinental Airport. Cambio received a Bachelor of Business Administration from San Diego State University.
 
 
 

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Game Warden Mike Hanson Receives Service Award for 25 Years


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3 Vehicle Wreck


 

 

On Saturday January 20, 2018 a 3 vehicle wreck occurred at the intersection of loop 500 and FM 699.  A 2004 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by Ronnie Woolief 17 and passenger Summer McMahon 18, pulled out of a stop sign and hit a 1996 Ford F3 50 driven by Kevin Clark 33 of El Dorado, Arkansas.
 
This caused the 1996 Ford to spin around and strike a 2000 Honda Van driven by Marcos Martinez Espinoza 33 of Center, with passengers Guerrero Chaires 45 and Benavides Villanueva 33.  
 
Nobody was hospitalized, according to the DPS there were some possible injuries that occurred to Kevin Clark. Ronnie Woodlief was given a ticket for fail to yield the wright of way at a stop sign.  Marcos Marinez Espinoza was given a ticket for no drivers license and one of his passengers received a ticket for having an open container in the vehicle.
 
 
 

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Shelby County VFW Honor Vietnam Veterans


 

 

 

 

 

 

Today January 26, 2018 the Local VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary conducted a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the 45th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.  The ceremony was held at 10:00 a.m. at the Historic Shelby County Court House Square.  Names of Shelby County citizens who fought and died were read, and names of those who severed but have since past away after returning home from the war.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for the Paxton Water Supply


 

 

The Boil Water Notice has been lifted for the Paxton Water Supply.  It is no longer necessary to boil your water.  
 
 
 

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Today's News 1-26-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Special School Board Meetings


 

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time. 
 
1.Call to order
2.Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.Executive Session
a.Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Interviews
4.Adjournment
 
 
 
A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time. 
 
1.Call to order
2.Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.Executive Session
a.Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Interviews
4.Adjournment
 
 
 
A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.
 
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time. 
 
1.Call to order
2.Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.Executive Session
a.Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Interviews
4.Possible Action on Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Position
5.Adjournment
 
If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f). Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See BEC(LEGAL)] 
This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on January 25, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.
 
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Ray West, Superintendent
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

 

 

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Darrell Alford to Run for Shelby County J.P 3


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darrell Alford will be runing for Shelby County J.P. 3.

 

 

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Evening News 1-25-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 1-25-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DEEP EAST TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 

 

 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 12:00 Noon - San Augustine County Expo Rodeo Center
1109 Oaklawn Street (off State Hwy 147 North) - San Augustine, Texas
 
12:00 INVOCATION Musetta Hosey, San Augustine County Minority Representative
LUNCHEON
WELCOME Leroy Hughes, Mayor of San Augustine
Samye Johnson, San Augustine County Judge
 
GUEST INTRODUCTIONS
 
1.CALL TO ORDER
a.Call for Proxies
b.Determination of Quorum
 
2.APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 
3.HEAR COMMITTEE REPORTS & CONSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS
 
 
a.Solid Waste Advisory Committee – Charles Shofner, Chair
i.Consider approving revised Bylaws for the Solid Waste Advisory Committee
ii.Consider approving resolution authorizing submittal of application for funding of the TCEQ-DETCOG Regional Solid Waste Grants program
b.Emergency Preparedness Task Force – Tara Triana, Chair
i.Report on 2018 SHSP Application Development Workshop
c.Building Committee – Roy Boldon, Chair
i.Award bid for roof work on Jasper building
 
4.PRESIDENT’S REPORT
 
 
5.EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT
a.Release of Promissory Note for Disaster Recovery Housing –Rebecca L. Bricker
b.Adoption of Internal Ethics and Compliance Policy
c.Designation of Records Management Officer
d.Presentation of Annual Performance Report
e.Quarterly financial report and certification of investments
f.Census Workshop – Complete Count Committees (Feb. 8th at Lufkin Civic Center)
g.Adoption of Resolution recognizing February 11 as 2-1-1 Day
 
6.ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
 
7.REVIEW OF UPCOMING MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES
 
January 30- February 2 TARC Board of Directors & Staff Training, Austin
 
February 8 (1:00 to 4:00 pm) Census 2020 Complete Count Committee Workshop, Lufkin Civic Center
 
 
February 11-14 NARC National Conference of Regions, Washington, DC
 
February 15 DETCOG offices will be closed in observance of President’s Day
 
February 23 DETCOG Board of Directors Meeting – Houston County
 
8.ADJOURN
 
 

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Vehicle Fire at the Patroon Store


 

On January 24th, 2018 at 12:57 p.m. the Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at the Patroon store on Highway 87 upon arrival they found a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer on fire after putting the vehicle out, they returned to the station at 2:07 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Center Fire Department Responds to Grass Fire


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tenaha Football Player Receives a College Offer


 

 

Tenaha ISD Football player CJ Horn has announced that he has received a college offer to Howard Payne University. 

 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

At today's 1-24-18 Shelby County Commissioners Court they took the following actions:
 
1. They approved and paid weekly expenses.
 
2.They approved and paid the current payroll.
 
3. They discussed and tabled the approval of Pct.3 Commissioner to close County Road 3120.
 
4. Lastly they adjourned.
 
 
 

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Produce Drop


 

 

Tri-County Harvest for Homes Produce Drop this morning 1-24-18 in Center at the Old CVS Building, next to the Good Will.  
 
 

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San Augustine Boil Water Notice Lifted


 

 

 
  
 
  
  Boil Water Notice Rescinded
January 23, 2018
 
 
 
The water on San Augustine Rural WSC no longer requires boiling.
 
 
On January 19, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the San Augustine Rural Public Water System, #2030007, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
 
San Augustine Rural Water has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of January 23, 2018.
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office:
 
220West Columbia Street
 
 San Augustine, Texas.
 
936-288-0489
 
or
 
 Charles Sharp 936 -201-5001.
 
 
 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
 
 
 
If a customer, individual or employee wishes to contact the executive director, please call (512)239-4691. 
 
 

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Denning Rural Water Boil Notice Lifted


 

 

Boil Water Notice Rescinded
January 23, 2018
 
The water on Denning Rural Public Water System no longer requires boiling.
 
 
On January 17, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Denning Rural Public Water System, #2030004, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
 
Denning Rural Public Water System has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of January 23, 2018. 
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office: 
 
220West Columbia Street
 San Augustine, Texas.
936-288-0489
or
 Charles Sharp 936 -201-5001.
 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
 
If a customer, individual or employee wishes to contact the executive director, please call (512)239-4691. 
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting Results


 

 

The results from the Tenaha City Council meeting that was held on January 22nd, 2018.  
 
The Tenaha City Council approved the lease of automobile for the police department.
 
The approved the purchase of Cop sync software for law enforcement to allow them to better link with the school and other entities in the city.
 
The Council approved the establishment of a Christmas Parade and Events Committee, and a Annexation Committee.
 
The Council approved the resolution to establish a education account for law enforcement.
 
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting Results


 

 

 
 
 
 
The City Council of Joaquin met on January 22, 2018 here are the results of the meeting.
 
 
 
1. They called to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
 
2.Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance was given
 
3.A open forum was held.
 
4.The council approved of the previous month’s minutes.
 
5.Monthly Reports:
a.City Secretary- Election Announcements & Quarterly Financial Updates. 
b.Utility Billing Manager
Report  --Monthly receipts  & Quarterly Adjustment update.
c.Public Works Manager
Update – Departmental Updates
d.Water Department
Update—Ongoing Water Projects.
 
6.Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.  They paid the bills. 
 
7.Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a.Public Works Employee-Benefits Review the Council decided to extend a city employee's health benefits while they are on workers compensation.  
b.Administrative Employee- Performance review & possible employment reclassification.
c.City Secretary- Compensation review the City Secretary was given a $1 an hour raise.
 
8.Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
 
9.Adjournment.
 
 

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Structure Fire in Timpson Area


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday morning at approximately 7:15 the Timpson Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to a call of a structure fire on county road 4760. Upon arrival a storage building was fully engulfed in flames with the assistance of the Garrison Volunteer Fire Dept. it took about 2 hours to put the fire out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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2 Vehicle Wreck on US 96


 

 

Yesterday 1-22-18, at approximately 1:44 p.m. there was a 2 vehicle wreck involving two white passenger cars that occurred on U.S 96, right pass McAdam's Propane.  More to follow as local law enforce release it.  

 
 
 

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Today's News 1-23-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship


 

 

AUSTIN – Applications for the 2018 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship contest are now being accepted. Eligible applicants include any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university in the coming year. 
 
Presented in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, the Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship contest will award one $6,000 scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships in June. The scholarships recognize the achievements of high school seniors who take a leadership role in preventing litter in their schools and communities while working to build awareness for the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.
 
“We’re proud to offer the Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship to support higher education in Texas and recognize outstanding students who are using their creativity to beautify their communities,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator for TxDOT’s Don’t mess with Texas campaign.
 
TxDOT’s Don’t mess with Texas program has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. The program includes Adopt-a-Highway and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful as well as spring “Trash-Off” community outreach events, all in an effort to keep Texas roadways litter free.
 
To apply for the Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Applications must be received by online submission or postmarked by 5 p.m. (CST) April 20, 2018.
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting Agenda:


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center PD Performs Drug Bust


 

 

On Friday, January 19, 2018 at approximately 4:30 PM Officers of The Center Police Department executed a Narcotics Search Warrant at 104 Kindle St. in response to an ongoing Narcotics Distribution Investigation.  There were numerous complaints of the high traffic both vehicle and foot observed from both the residence at 104 Kindle as well as the residence at 1007 Kindle.  Detectives conducted surveillance and confirmed the activity.  Undercover Controlled buys were conducted and illegal substances were purchased.  The Center Police Department Detectives obtained a Search Warrant for the residence at 104 Kindle and during a search of the residence approximately 27 grams of “Crack Cocaine” was located along with approximately 3.69 grams of Ecstasy and approximately 1,000.00 dollars in U.S. Currency believed to be proceeds of the illegal narcotics sales.  Civil Forfeiture is pending in this case.  Jamie D. Sanders B/M DOB 06/06/1981 was arrested and Charged with Delivery Of A Controlled Substance (First Degree Felony) and Possession Of A Controlled Substance (Fourth Degree Felony).  Also arrested was Gregory T. Macon B/M DOB 02/11/1974 on charges of Delivery Of A Controlled Substance (First Degree Felony) and Possession Of A Controlled Substance (Third Degree Felony).  There are still Felony warrants pending in reference to this case.  This Investigation will continue.
 
 
Jamie Sanders
 
 
Gregory Macon
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 
 
 
At today's 1-22-18 Shelby County Commissioners Court the Court meet at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse.  Before the meeting Justin Mott with Center Broadcasting Company gave the opening prayer. Judge Allison Haribson then lead the court in the pledges to the U.S and Texas flags.  The Court took the following actions: 
 
 
1. The Court approved and paid weekly expenses.
 
2. The Court discussed changing the two Regular meeting days for Commissioners’ Court from the 2nd and 4th Monday to the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  They decided to leave it as is.
 
3. The Court discussed and approved an In-Kind Match Commitment with DETCOG and the Deep East Texas Economic Development District for office space within the Courthouse to assist DETCOG and the District in obtaining an EDA Grant to fund a Disaster Recovery Coordinator for the 12 County Region.
 
4. The Court approved an Interlocal Agreement between Shelby County and the City of Center regarding the purchase, placement, and utilities for a Communication Building to house radio equipment for Emergency Service Agencies located within Shelby County.
 
5. They recorded the filling of the Vehicle Inventory Tax Fund Audit for January 2018.
 
6. They discussed and approved installing lighting for the County Extension parking lot.  The cost of installing the lighting is $4,238.40 and it will be taken out of the Courthouse Repair fund.   
 
7. They recorded the Racial Profiling Report for the Shelby County District Attorney’s office.
 
8. Lastly the court adjourned.
 
 
 
The Tenaha Mayor Natalie Harris attended today's meeting.
 
 
 
 
 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

 

 

 

 

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Rain Totals


 

 

San Augustine's 1:19 inches last evening and another.39 this morning for a total of 1.58 inches and Jan total 2.34 inches
 
North SA Co Norman Neel just slightly less storm total than mine and Jan 2018 total 2.72 inches
 
North SA Co Geoff Reeder just slightly more storm total than mine and Jan 2018 total 2.42 inches
 
Goodwin Community mid SA Co just about the same total as my reading and Jan 2018 total 3.18 inches
 
Broaddus South SA County slightly more than Goodwin and Jan 2018 total is 3.31 inches. 
 
The only reports of damage is just some leaves that had not dropped and small branches down. We were dry enough that the rain soaked in quickly and just wind(wind gusts only to 16 mph), some small pea size hail and lots of Thunder and lightning here in San Augustine.
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

There will be a Tenaha City Council Meeting 1-22-18 at 5:15 p.m. 

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Today's News 1-22-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boil Water Notice for the Paxton Water Supply


 

Their is a Boil Water Notice for the Paxton Water Supply.

 

 

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McCAIN ON THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN


 

 

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the government shutdown:
 
“The government shutdown is a direct result of the breakdown of cooperation in Congress. It has been clear from the beginning we would need a bipartisan budget agreement to lift the caps on defense spending and fully fund our military. Yet four months into the current fiscal year, we are nowhere near reaching a deal on long-term legislation to properly train, equip and prepare our forces in the face of rising threats around the world.
 
“As Republicans and Democrats run to cable news to point fingers and assign blame, the hard reality is that all of us share responsibility for this failure. For years, under both a Republican and Democrat-controlled Congress and White House, partisanship has taken precedent over national security. Political gamesmanship, an unwillingness to compromise, and a lack of resolve on both sides have led us to this point. Shamefully, no one will incur more harm than our brave men and women who have volunteered to fight and die for our freedom.
 
“Without long-term, stable and predictable funding for the military, our service members will pay the price. Troops will be denied scheduled training. Ship maintenance backlogs will grow. A depleted force will continue to shrink. And readiness will further suffer. At a time when more service members are dying in routine training accidents than in combat, asking the military to continue doing more with less is a disgraceful dereliction of our foremost duty in Congress to defend the nation.
 
“It’s time that both sides put politics aside, come to the table, and compromise on an agreement that will give our service members the training, equipment and resources they need to succeed.”
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms will begin to move into Southeast Oklahoma and Extreme Northeast Texas during the late afternoon and early evening hours. These storms will move into Deep East Texas, northwest Louisiana, and much of southwest Arkansas by later in the evening, and across remaining portions of northern Louisiana after midnight. The affected areas are shown in the graphic below. These storms will be diminishing across North Central Louisiana after daybreak on Monday morning.  
 
Strong to damaging wind gusts will be the main threat with these storms. Although tornadoes and large hail remain a possibility, both of these appear to remain as much lower threats.
 
 

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City of Center Updates


 

The City of Center has issued several updates all at once to view click the link below:

 

Click Here:

 

This will download a PDF file. 

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City of San Augustine Boil Water Notice


 

 

 

 

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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 23rd day of January 2018 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court
Room at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 

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Joaquin City Meetings


 

 

JOAQUIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
SPECIAL CALLED  MEETING
 
January 22, 2018
 
The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in special session Monday January 22, 2018 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 approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Review of financial standing of JED Corporation.
5.Adjourn.
 
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
 
 
 
JOAQUIN PUBLIC SAFETY CORPORATION
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
 
January 22, 2018
 
 
The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Monday, January 22, 2018
 
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 approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.
5. Adjourn.
 
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
 
 
CITY OF JOAQUIN
Special Called Meeting
AGENDA
 
January 22, 2018
 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Monday January 22, 2018 at
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
1.Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2.Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3.Open Forum.
4.Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5.Monthly Reports:
a.City Secretary- Election Announcements & Quarterly Financial Updates. 
b.Utility Billing Manager
 Report --Monthly receipts .
c.Public Works Manager
 Update – Departmental Updates
d.Water Department
 Update—Ongoing Water Projects.
6.Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7.Discussion &Council Action on Ordering City Election May  5,2018
 
8.Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a.Consultations with Attorney-Pending Litigation
b.Public Works Employee-Benefits Review.
c.Administrative Employee- Performance review & possible employment reclassification.
d.City Secretary- Compensation review.
9.Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
10.Adjournment.
 
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
 
 
 

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Dixie League World Series is Coming to Center


 

 

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Today's News 1-19-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Boil Water Notice


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Timpson Chamber Banquet


 

 

Among those in attendance at Thursday's Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet, included President Paul Smith; board members Marilyn Corder and Keith Brownlow; Timpson Mayor, Debra Smith; Timpson High students of the Shelby County Jr. Chamber of Commerce; and guest speaker, Jenna Armstrong, president and CEO of the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker, Jenna Armstrong, president & CEO of the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce, addresses the Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce during Thursday night's chamber membership meeting. Her presentation focused on her chamber's relief efforts during the Hurricane Harvey flooding in the Kingwood/Humble area.
 
 
 
 
 

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Center Police Department's K9 Taz to get body armor


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Center Police Department’s K9 Taz will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Diezel, UMass Amherst Police Department”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
 
K9 Taz is a 4 year old Maliherd who is certified in tracking, but not biting, and narcotics. Taz was donated to the Center Police Department in 2013 by K9 Officers, and was assigned to Officer Steve Thornburgh in July of 2016. In August 2016, hyper and energetic Taz tested his handlers’ stamina while attending the Houston K9 Academy, completing 120 hours of training and certification. K9 Taz enjoys training days and relaxes by playing fetch and chewing his ball. 
 
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars. 
 
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
 
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Another Special Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 24th day of January, 2018 at 9:30 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.
 
2.Approve and pay current payroll.
 
3.Discuss and possibly approve Pct.3 Commissioner to close County Road 3120.
 
4.Adjourn.
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Special Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 22nd day of January, 2018 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.
 
2.Discuss and possibly approve changing the two Regular meeting days for Commissioners’ Court from the 2nd and 4th Monday to the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
 
3.Discuss and possible approve an In-Kind Match Commitment with DETCOG and the Deep East Texas Economic Development District for office space within the Courthouse to assist DETCOG and the District in obtaining an EDA Grant to fund a Disaster Recovery Coordinator for the 12 County Region.
 
4.Approve an Interlocal Agreement between Shelby County and the City of Center regarding the purchase, placement, and utilities for a Communication Building to house radio equipment for Emergency Service Agencies located within Shelby County.
 
5.Record the filling of the Vehicle Inventory Tax Fund Audit for January 2018.
 
6.Discuss and possibly approve lighting for the County Extension parking lot.
 
7.Record the Racial Profiling Report for the Shelby County District Attorney’s office.
 
8.Adjourn.
 
 

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San Augustine Chamber Gala Interview:


 

The San Augustine Chamber Gala was held on January 18th, in downtown San Augustine, Texas at the historic Museum Theatre.  A large crowd attend the night's events.  Below is a video interview and pictures from the event.

 

 

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Dollar General Store Robbery in Nacogdoches


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

NWS Shreveport Snowfall and Cold Records set we came in at 11.6 degrees for our low with a windchill of 3 and 1/2 inch of snow here in the mid San Augustine County.
 
 
 
 
 
Today we begin to wrap up our current cold spell all across the Shreveport NWS Region with
today's start of a warming trend. We should see our temperature top out at 46 degrees today with lots of Sunshine to melt the remainder of the ice after a morning start of 13 degrees at 7AM. IT IS ALREADY 34.8 degrees with almost NO WIND
 
Friday's start will be just below freezing at 29 degrees, but that will be our last freezing evening and morning for the next week to 10 days. Friday's high will come in at 50+ with clouds covering us with a blanket...however, that blanket will retain the heat and have a low on Saturday morning of temperatures in the mid 40's.
 
Saturday in the mid 60's for highs with strong return of Southerly winds (10-12 mph) ahead of another Cold front that will bring some Sunday Showers through Sunday evening....1/2 to 3/4 inch and winds turn to the NW at 10-12.
 
Monday Sunny and a little cooler (54 degrees)due to the NW winds.
 
Tuesday will begin a bounce back into the lower 60s with sunny skies until a week for tomorrow when another rain chance returns.
 
 

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Morning News 1-18-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Wreck on FM 711


 

 

 
On January 11th, 2018 at 7:20 a.m. a single vehicle wreck occurred on FM 711 involving a 2002 Doge Ram truck driven by Allen Joseph McSwain 32 of Center.  
 
McSwain was traveling north and fell asleep while driving ran off the road striking several trees and was ejected from the vehicle landing in a ditch.  
 
McSwain was transported to the Center Emergency Room before being transferred to a hospital in Tyler.  He was later given a citation for failure to drive in a single lane.  There were no other passengers or vehicles involved.  
 
 
 
 
 

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Center and West Shelby County Fire Dept. Respond to Possible Structure Fire


 

UPDATE: 

 

The Center Fire Department arrived at the scene and the call was cancelled shortly upon arrival no fire was found and no injuries occurred.  

 

Early this morning Janurary 18th, 2018 at approximately 6:50 a.m. the Center Fire Department and West Shelby County Fire Department responded to a possible structure fire on County Road 1037 between Center and Nacogdoches.

 
 

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The Anniversary of the Columbia Disaster is Coming Up


 
 
On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentering Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members. The disaster was the second fatal accident in the Space Shuttle program after Space Shuttle Challenger, which broke apart and killed the seven-member crew 73 seconds after liftoff in 1986.
 
 
 
During the launch of STS-107, Columbia's 28th mission, a piece of foam insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle external tank and struck the left wing of the orbiter. A few previous shuttle launches had seen damage ranging from minor to major from foam shedding, but some engineers suspected that the damage to Columbia was more serious. NASA managers limited the investigation, reasoning that the crew could not have fixed the problem if it had been confirmed. When Columbia re-entered the atmosphere of Earth, the damage allowed hot atmospheric gases to penetrate and destroy the internal wing structure, which caused the spacecraft to become unstable and break apart.
 
 
 
After the disaster, Space Shuttle flight operations were suspended for more than two years, as they had been after the Challenger disaster. Construction of the International Space Station (ISS) was put on hold; the station relied entirely on the Russian Roscosmos State Corporation for resupply for 29 months until Shuttle flights resumed with STS-114 and 41 months for crew rotation until STS-121.
 
 
 
Several technical and organizational changes were made, including adding a thorough on-orbit inspection to determine how well the shuttle's thermal protection system had endured the ascent, and keeping a designated rescue mission ready in case irreparable damage was found. Except for one final mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, subsequent shuttle missions were flown only to the ISS so that the crew could use it as a haven in case damage to the orbiter prevented safe reentry.
 
 
 

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Tenaha ISD School Closure


 

 

After conferring with our Board President Aaron Roland, Vice President Ronnie Samford, and various TISD administration members and staff, we have made the decision to close operations for the remainder of the week due to excessive absenteeism due to the recent outbreak of the flu. Upon return to classes today, 20% of the student population and 15% of staff are absent and many of those have been confirmed with Type A flu or flu-like symptoms and/or fever. It is our belief that the only way to stop the spread of the virus is to cease operations and allow our support personnel the time and space to thoroughly disinfect all district facilities. Tenaha ISD will continue its Extra-Curricular schedule over the interim.
 
Also, Monday, January 22 will now be a student day of school. We expect all students to return to normal operations at that time.
 
We hope this action will allow those who are sick time to overcome their symptoms as well as give us time to eradicate any “bugs” that still exist on campus.
 
Scott Tyner
Superintendent of Scools
 
 
 

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Couple arrested for child endangerment


 

 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Aubrey Neal Graves, 47, of Center and Jessica Hedges, 32, of Center.
 
 
 
 
 
On December 19, 2017 Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chad Brown was notified by Child Protective Services (CPS) that a court order had been issued by the State of Texas to remove a one year-old child in the care of Graves and Hedges. Brown tracked Graves and Hedges to a motel in San Augustine on December 20, where officers with the San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office detained the two and CPS took custody of the child.
 
On December 21, 2017 a hair test was performed on the child and a positive result was returned for methamphetamines.
 
A warrant was issued for Graves and Hedges for Abandoning/Endangering a Child (SJF) on January 11. The two were arrested in San Augustine County January 12 and released January 14 after each posted $10,000 bonds.
 
The SCSO would like to thank the San Augustine Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this case.
 
 

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Center Fire Department Responds to Call on Stephens St.


 

 

 

 

 

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Overnight Stabbing in DeSoto


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to notify the public of a stabbing incident that occurred overnight.  At about 11:47 p.m., dispatch received a call from 911 in reference to a subject bleeding in the 300 block of Meadow Drive in Gloster, LA.  Deputies responded to the area and located an adult male victim who had been stabbed multiple times. 
 
Deputies detained a suspect in the area and later identified him as Dylan D. Johnson (W/M - DOB: 04/04/1995) of Gloster, LA.  Johnson admitted to stabbing the victim while speaking with responding deputies.  Detectives responded to the location and later formally interviewed Johnson at the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office before he was booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on the charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Boil Water Notice for Denning Rural Water System


 

 

 
Effective January 17, 2018 Until further notice
 
 
Due to electrical issues at the plant, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the Denning Rural Water System PWS # 2030004 to notify all customers on Denning Rural Water System to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., washing hands/ face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc).  Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.
 
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.  The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 
 
In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
 
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 
 
Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.
 
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Denning  Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489
 or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

Here is the current weather in San Augustine:
 
At 12:05 am reading the temperature was 17.5 degrees
 
At 6:30 am the reading was 12.2 degrees
 
Wind chill was 3.8 degrees with winds beginning to increase from the North at 8 mph by 7 am
until 4 pm when it calms down.
 
That means it will feel like it is below freezing even with the temperature expected to be in the  36-37 degree range with sunny skies
 
Tonight and Thursday am will see another hard freeze at about 14 degrees according to the NWS in Shreveport with a high of 46 (graphic below)
 
 
 
A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect across the entire Four-State Region valid from 9 pm CST this evening through 9 am Thursday morning. 
 
Tom Johnson is our local weather man and the TV stations get updates from him so for local weather updates he is the most reliable source.
 
 
 
 

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DPS Offices Delays


 

 

Due to weather concerns, Texas Department of Public Safety area offices in the following counties, including Driver License offices will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
 
 
 
Angelina County
 
Houston County
 
Nacogdoches County
 
Sabine County
 
San Augustine County
 
Shelby County
 
Trinity County
 
 
 
Other offices may be affected as well. Please check with our local office.
 
 
 

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Today's News 1-17-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Closures and Delays for 1-17-18


 

Carthage ISD Carthage schools will begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17th. 

 

Center ISD All Center ISD Campuses will start at 10:00am, Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  Buses will run 2 hours and 15 minutes later than normal.

 

Center Christian Academy will not hold classes Wed, Jan 17, due to potentially hazardous weather conditions.  However, childcare  will be available for working parents beginning at 8 am.  If you need childcare, please notify Mrs. Triplett or Ms. Karen Mayo so that adequate staffing preparations can be made.

 

DeSoto Parish School System will remain CLOSED on Wednesday, January the 17th.  Overnight temperatures are expected at 12 degrees and roads will refreeze. We will return to our normal levels of awesomeness on Thursday, January the 18th.  Be Safe!--Dr. Cade Brumley

 

Excelsior ISD will have delayed start Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Classes will begin at 10:00 AM, buses will run at 9:00 AM.
 
Garrison ISD will have a late start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.  
 
Garry ISD will have a late start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.  
 
Hemphill ISD will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17th. 

 

Joaquin ISD will have a late school start on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  Classes will begin at 9:00 am.  Buses will run approximately an hour later than usual.
 
Panola College will delay opening until 10:00 am, Wednesday, January 17 due to weather.
 
SFA Back to regular schedule. 
 
San Augustine ISD Wednesday, Jan 17th School begins 2 hours later due to hazardous road conditions. 
 
Shelbyville ISD will start 2 hours late Wednesday, Jan 17. 
 
Shelby County Courthouse will open for business at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 1-17-18.   
 
Shelby County Outreach Ministries Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. will be closed again tomorrow due to the freezing weather. 
 
Tenaha ISD will resume classes tomorrow (Wednesday, January 17) at 9:30 AM. Buses will run at 8:30 AM. Please use extreme caution on all roadways as temperatures will remain below freezing, but no additional precipitation is expected. Also, the Lady Tigers and Tigers Basketball teams will resume District play versus Joaquin at 5:00 PM.
 
Timpson ISD will have a late start tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.  For information regarding any change in school begin time or closure for tomorrow (Jan. 17), see the Bear Update, KSLA Channel 12, KDET radio 930 AM or KGAS radio 104.3 FM.
 
Tyson Foods Wenesday 1-17-18 First shift evis and labeling will start at 10:00 am.  Cutup and debone will start at 12:30 pm.  Second shift will work a normal schedule.
 
Martinsville ISD will begin classes at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 17th.  
 
Nacogdoches ISD Because of the potential for hazardous driving conditions in the morning, the start of classes for Wednesday, January 17, at Nacogdoches ISD has been delayed two hours. All campuses will begin classes two hours later than their normal start time. Buses will run on a two-hour delay as well. Please monitor the NISD website and social media accounts for further information.
 
 

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Dangerous Weather Conditions


 

 

Dangerous Travel Conditions are expected tonight through much of Wednesday...  REFREEZING
 
...A Hard Freeze Warning remains in effect from 8 pm tonight to 10 am Wednesday morning for all of the Ark-La-Tex...12 DEGREE LOW
 
...A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from 8 pm tonight to 10 AM Wednesday morning for all of the Ark-La-Tex...SINGLE DIGIT 4 DEGREES    
 
Timing and Overview:
 
Although some melting of the snow and ice has occurred this afternoon especially on the well-traveled roads, a clearing sky will allow for temperatures to quickly fall into the teens this evening, allowing for areas of black ice to redevelop on roadways, bridges, and overpasses. I will linger through much of Wednesday as temperatures will struggle to reach the forecast 37 degree high even with the sunshine . Here is a Special Weather Statement issued earlier this afternoon concerning the black ice potential:
 
 
 

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Local Weather Update


 

 

Today's snow, and slush on highway 21 and a great picture to get a view of the DETECoop  basking in the winter wonderland that will disappear with tomorrow's sunshine and a high of 37 degrees.....after yet another very cold evening and morning low of 12 degrees and..... a probable wind chill of 4. 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As anticipated, the snow has diminished except for a few occasional flakes. The clouds are beginning to lighten up and show signs of breaking. 
 
Below are a few of the weather facts here in San Augustine as of 11:00 am:
Our High Temp for the day was 43.5 at 12:05 am......&...that will very likely be our high temperature for the day.
 
Our Low temperature for the day so far is 21.2 degrees at 10:05 am.
Our winds are out of the North
 
Wind speed high gust was with the arrival of the front at 1:15 am. Blowing at 21 mph. 
The winds are still gusting at 12-15 mph although the 10 minute average is only 7 mph average Wind chill is 15.3 degrees
 
The moisture out of all this is just .02 inches
 
Here is the bad news: My observation of the current conditions and what will continue throughout the afternoon and evening. As our temperatures remaining below freezing and the wind propelling it across normally protected areas.....the road areas are beginning to have patches of snow and ice forming on them on bridges, under trees covering the road ways, and on elevated areas not in contact with the ground surface area.
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 1-16-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

Locally it looks looks like we just got a light dusting of snow and sleet
though we are getting some very large flakes and blowing snow right now.
The radar shows that most  of the moisture is to our South and East and *any
moisture falling should be ending by 11-11:30 this morning.
 
*Our temperature is 23 and our winds are gusting to 10-15 miles per hour making
us feel like it is 10 degrees. The roads are still warm from yesterday, but
our temperature will not get above freezing. That will allow  freezing  of
any standing moisture on the roads today and any areas with more rain,
sleet, snow will glaze over.  I have been out on some roads and if you use
caution, don't rush and leave plenty of space, control your speed, you
should be fine.
 
*  THAT SAID,IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT WILL BE THE CASE
EVERYWHERE.  Moisture does not fall uniformly across all locations.*
 
 

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Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness In Anticipation Of Severe Winter Weather In Texas


 

 

 
 
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott hasordered the State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level from Level 4 (Normal Conditions) to Level 3 (Increased Readiness) at 8:00 p.m. today as winter weather and cold temperatures are expected to impact much of the state during the next few days. Additionally, Governor Abbott has made available any state resources needed to assist in dealing with the potential impacts of this winter weather system. Governor Abbott encourages Texans to monitor changing weather conditions and heed warnings from local officials.
 
 
 
The winter weather system sweeping across our state will bring low temperatures and freezing precipitation to many communities, which could create life-threatening situations, said Governor Abbott. I urge all Texans to exercise extreme caution in these hazardous conditions. Additionally, the State of Texas will provide any and all state resources necessary to help protect our residents during this weather event.
 
 

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Closures and Delays 1/16/18


 

 

City of Center: (January 16, 2018) - The City of Center offices will be closed today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, due to inclement weather.  Tuesday's trash route service will run tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17 and other trash routes will be delayed one day.   
 
If anyone has a question or needs to report a problem please call City Hall at 936/598-2941 or the Center Police Department at 936/598-2788 
 

Center Live Stock Auction: There will be no Center Live Stock auction on Wednesday

 

Center ISD: all campuses will be closed on Tuesday 1/16/18 due to weather.  

 
Center Christian Academy: will not hold classes on Tues, Jan 16, due to inclement weather and multiple cases of the flu.  Information regarding Wed and Thurs will be made available as early as possible.
 
Carthage ISD: is Closed 1/16/18
 
DPS Office Closures: Due to weather concerns, Texas Department of Public Safety area offices in the following counties, including Driver License offices will be closed Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
 
Angelina County
Houston County
Nacogdoches County
Polk County
Sabine County
San Augustine County
Shelby County
Trinity County
 
Other offices may be affected as well. Please check with our local office.
 
 
Fannie Brown Booth Library: will be Closed Tuesday, January 16th,  due to the expected freezing precipitation.  If we do get the forecasted freezing rain and/or snow, the library sidewalks could be slippery and dangerous for our patrons.  We will open again on Wednesday, January 17th, at 10:00 a.m.
 
Excelsior ISD: closed 1/16/18
 
Gary ISD: Classes cancelled 1/16/18
 
Garrison ISD: closed due to weather 1/16/18
 
Hope Clinic: in Tenaha closed
 
Joaquin ISD: Closed 1/16/18 due to weather
 
Martinsville ISD: will begin classes at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 16th. 
 
Nacogdoches ISD: closed due to weather Tuesday, January 16th.  
 
Panola College: They will close all locations on Tuesday, January 16 due to inclement weather. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 17.
 
PANOLA COUNTY JURY SELECTION DELAYED DUE TO INCLEMENT WINTER WEATHER - To all potential jurors summoned to appear in the County Court at Law, Panola County, Texas, on Tuesday, January 16, PLEASE REPORT ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 at 9:00 a.m. to the 123rd Judicial District Courtroom on the 1st Floor of the Judicial Annex.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.
 
SFA: closed due to weather 1/16/18 due to weather
 
San Augustine ISD: school cancelled 1/16/18 due to weather
 
Shelby County Courthouse: closed all day 1/16/18 all Shelby County Government offices closed today occuring to Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison
 
Shelby County Outreach Ministries:  Closed Tuesday 1/16/18
 
Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site: Closed Tuesday 1/16/18 
 
Shelbyville ISD: school is closed Tuesday 1/16/18
 
Tenaha ISD:   Tenaha ISD is closed 1/16/18
 
Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Office: in Center is closed 1/16/18
 
Timpson ISD:  No school on Tuesday 1/16/18
 
Timpson City Hall: is closed 1/16/18
 
Tyson Foods Processing PlantThe plant (both shifts) will not work.  We will resume a normal work schedule Wednesday, 1/17/18.
 
 
Weather Update:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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MLK Tribute at Focused Care of Center


 

 

MLK tribute done today by  Bro. Wendell R. Johnson a member of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and Thank him along with our thoughtful employees G.G. , Kim and Shirley for their participation in this important ceremony honoring the works and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

A wintry weather event is still expected to occur late tonight through
tomorrow affecting portions of the Four-State Region. The *Winter Weather
Watch *has been upgraded to a *Winter Weather Warning*, and a *Winter
Weather Advisory* has been added to southeast OK, portions of northeast TX
and southwest AR.
 
*Timing and Overview:*
 
 
A potent Arctic air mass will envelope the Four-State Region impinging on
southeast OK, southwest AR and extreme northeast TX late this afternoon,
resulting in light rain showers that could spread to northwest LA. This
front will continue to push southeast and affect the remainder of the area
through the evening and night hours, ushering in the very cold air mass.
The light rain showers will then quickly transition from rain to freezing
rain and/or sleet and finally to all snow several hours after sunset (for
areas along and north of I-30). Areas along and south of I-20 will see this
transition around midnight through Tuesday morning.
 
The areas that are under a *Winter Weather Advisory* (in purple) will see
snowfall accumulations of 1-2 inches.The areas that are under a *Winter
Weather Warning* (in pink) will see snowfall accumulations of 2-3 inches
with the potential for locally higher amounts of around 4 inches.  Furthermore,
 
*light icing could take shape across*
 
*portions of *
*Deep East Texas *
*with amounts of 0.1 inches or less expected. *
 
 

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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 16th day of January, 2018 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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Today's News 1-15-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

 
Today - our start will be right at or just below freezing this morning. our high will be around the 60-61 degree mark with lots of strong sun and light Southerly winds at 5-6 mph by noon. Clouds late...8pm with some light drizzle just before our Arctic Front arrives around 10-11 pm with a strong wind from the North of 15+ mph turning the drizzle to sleet and snow as our temperatures drop rapidly in to the mid 30's.
 
 
Tuesday - 25 degree start toward a 30 degree high with winds at midnight in the 15-16 mph rate from the North. That combination will leave us with a wind chill of 14 degrees. The snow will begin to increase by 5-6am and continue to fall until noon. This could cover some frozen areas on roads and bridges causing hazardous driving.
 
Wednesday - starts at 17 degrees with North winds making it feel like 10 degrees at 8am.  Our high does reach 38 degrees for a high. We should see some Sun. However, the should melt window will be short as our temperatures do drop to 22 degrees by late evening and Thursday morning to quickly refreeze any standing water. Inline image 2
 
Thursday - 28 start. 44 high. partly cloudy South winds at 5-7 mph.
 
Friday - 32 start-> 52 high light South winds@5
 
Saturday and Sunday Mid 60's and Southerly winds at 10-12 and light rain both days
 
 
 
 

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Sen. Cruz: Rev. King Championed the American Creed Commemorates Martin Luther King Day


 

 
HOUSTON, Texas - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement commemorating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in advance of tomorrow's holiday:
 
"Today we honor the life and legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Reverend King was a champion of the American creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' His devotion to truth and justice changed the course of history nearly 55 years ago, when he spoke out against the grotesque injustice of racial discrimination.
 
"In sharing his dream on the Lincoln Memorial steps, he urged America to honor its 'sacred obligation' and advocated for the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every American. As he courageously called on his fellow Americans, 'to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood,' he inspired men and women from every corner of our nation.
 
"While America has made great strides on the road to racial equality, work remains to be done. As we honor the memory of Reverend King today, may we never forget our responsibility to pursue truth and justice as he did, and secure the blessings of liberty for every American."
 
 

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Another TxDOT Update


 

 

LUFKIN - Two busy exit ramps on SL 287 in Lufkin are scheduled for closure beginning Monday, Jan. 22,  for rehabilitation of the roadway.
 
Northbound exit ramps located at US 69 South and at FM 841 (Ford Chapel Road) will be closed starting on Monday, the 22nd,  as crews work to resurface the ramps. Work is expected to be completed on the two ramps by Wednesday, Jan. 24, weather permitting.
"These two exit ramps stay extremely busy as motorists access the ramp that leads to Lufkin High School and the ramp at US 69 South where there is a lot of truck traffic at a nearby truck stop," said Rhonda Oaks, spokesperson for the TxDOT Lufkin District. "We are asking motorists to remain alert to these closures throughout the week of Jan. 22. Prepare ahead as to which route to take. Parents should alert their student drivers that the exit at Ford Chapel will be closed. Alternate routes will have to be taken to access the high school as well as US 69 South."
Motorists are urged to reduce speed in these areas and prepare for possible delays in peak travel hours. Work schedules are subject to change in inclement weather. Other work planned for the coming week in the nine-county Lufkin District includes:
 
ANGELINA
US 69: Crews continue to clear the right of way on the north and south ends of the future construction project from FM 844 to FM 1270, south of Zavalla.
US 69: Wing walls are being constructed in the project area that will widen the roadway from two to four lanes from the city limits of Huntington to FM 844.
SL 287: Crews are working to upgrade metal beam guard rail at Hurricane Creek.
US 59 North: Final clean-up of this project is being done after resurfacing the roadway from the Angelina River Bridge to just north of FM 2021 in Redland.
FM 1194: Construction signs are being placed at each end of the project that will widen the paved surface from SL 287 West to FM 3150.
 
NACOGDOCHES
US 59/SL 224: Removal of old concrete pavement north of SL 224 at the intersection is scheduled to begin mid-week.
SH 103: Crews are expected to begin work to improve guardrail to design standards from the Angelina County line to the San Augustine County line and on SH 7 from the Angelina County line to BU 59.
FM 95: This project has been placed on vegetative establishment at Parallel Creek and Dog Creek after new bridges and approaches have been completed.
FM 1878/LaNana Creek Bridge: Construction of the bridge railing will continue and pavement applications are scheduled on bridge approaches.
FM 1087: Culvert and cross structure upgrades are underway from US 259 to FM 95.
 
SHELBY
US 96: This project to add passing lanes and reconstruct pavement has been placed on vegetative establishment from the Shelby County line to FM 3451.
SH 87: Work is scheduled to begin to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to SH 147.
CR 4789: Bridge railing has been placed and approach work is underway at the tributary of Buckwater Creek.
CR 4620: Crews are preparing the right of way and are scheduled to continue to set a detour bridge at Risinger Creek.
 
SAN AUGUSTINE
SH 21: This project to safety treat fixed objects has been placed on vegetative establishment and cleanup is continuing from SH 147 to FM 1.
SH 21: Bridge decks and railings for bridge replacements at Venado Creek and Perkins Creek are complete. Crews are scheduled to continue constructing the approaches and placing flex base and cement treatments at both locations.
SH 21: Embankment is being hauled and crews are preparing to place the deck for the bridge replacement at Niciper Creek.
FM 705: Drainage work is complete and upgrades to metal beam guard fence is scheduled to be completed this week from SH 147 to the end of pavement.
 
POLK
US 190: Work to clean up the project is continuing on this project that added passing lanes between the city of Onalaska and FM 2457.
FM 356: Traffic has been detoured to the new section and crews continue to work on other areas of subgrade, storm sewer drains and cross drainage structures on this project that has reconstructed and widened the pavement with a two-way continuous left turn lane and 10-foot shoulders from 1.1 miles north of US 190 to US 190.
CR Old Highway 35: The newly constructed bridge and approaches at the tributary of Long King Creek has been placed on vegetative establishment.
 
SAN JACINTO
US 59: Crews continue to work to place signage and monitor vegetative establishment on this project that added southbound frontage roads and reconstructed main lanes from just south of the UPRR in Shepherd to just north of FM 2914.
US 190: Project cleanup is underway on this project to safety treat fixed objects and upgrade metal beam guard fence to design standards from the Walker County line to the Polk County line.
FM 3128: Crews are scheduled to level up pavement in various locations.
FM 1127: Work is scheduled to continue removing culverts and placing safety end treatments from US 59 to the end of the pavement.
Various locations: Work on drainage issues, along with removal of debris, repair signs, delineators and potholes.
 
HOUSTON
US 287: Crews are scheduled to repair and level pavement in both north and southbound locations inside SL 304.
SH 21: Crews are setting barricades and preparing to drill at the Trinity River Bridge where the bridge substructure will be repaired. This project will move to SH 7 in coming months for a second phase of repair work on the bridge.
SH 21 East: Crews are scheduled to extend cross culverts and install safety end treatments at driveways from just south of SL 304 to 2.5 miles south of FM 1733.
SH 21 West: Base material is being hauled and cement treatments are scheduled on this project west of Crockett that will reconstruct the pavement and add passing lanes from 2.3 miles east of FM 2967 to SH 7.
FM 3187: Base work and pavement sealing are scheduled from the end of pavement to the intersection of SH 21 East.
FM 227 East: Ditch rehabilitation is scheduled from Augusta to FM 3016.
For more information regarding projects and/or closures across the state, visit drivetexas.org. 
 

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TxDOT UPDATE


 

 

LUFKIN - Crews are scheduled to pre-treat roads and bridges throughout the Lufkin District on Sunday and Monday, ahead of possible rain and freezing precipitation that is forecast for Monday night and Tuesday morning.
 
The brine treatment that will be applied to overpasses, major structures and bridges will discourage ice or snow from sticking to the pavement in the case of winter precipitation. The treatment will be applied in each county and crews will continue to respond to snow or ice conditions as needs arise and roads allow.
 
Motorists are urged to use caution on bridges and overpasses, since these are the first to freeze.
"We will again take the precaution to protect motorists by pre-treating roads and bridges with the anticipation of freezing precipitation," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. "We advise motorists to be extra cautious and alert if they must drive Monday night and Tuesday morning. Watch for icy patches and reduce speed."
 
The Lufkin District will continue to monitor the National Weather Service for updates and potential winter weather conditions for East Texas. Safety of the traveling public is priority and crews will continue to work to prepare and respond to weather conditions.
 
 
 
 

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Dollar Store Robbery


 

 

(Nacogdoches, TX) On the 12th of January 2018 Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department responded to 4317 NE Stallings Drive (Dollar General) in reference to an Aggravated Robbery. 
 
Officers arrived at the store and found that around 10:41PM on this date two employees were in the parking lot getting ready to leave when they were approached by 3 unknown black male subjects wearing masks and armed with handguns. 
 
The suspects forced the employees to go back into the closed store and then made them access the store’s safe.  The suspects then stole an undetermined amount of currency and fled the store on foot to an unknown location.  Officers searched the area and were unable to locate the suspects.  
 
The Nacogdoches Police Department’s Detective Division is currently investigating this Offense.
 
 
 

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Jury Scam Alert


 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office warns area residents of a scam circulating.
 
The caller is impersonating a law enforcement officer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The caller is stating they have warrants for not appearing for a grand jury summons. The caller will request that you pay court costs and/or a retainer fee.
 
The number the caller is using belongs to a Shelby County employee. Once the call is answered, the caller will give instructions to call what appears to be a switchboard at the Shelby County Courthouse. They will ask you for your credit card information. This is a scam. DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION.
 
If you have any questions concerning this scam, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936.598.5601.
 
 

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Chadwick Arrested


 

 

Andrea Chadwick was arrested in Panola County on January 11, 2018. She was transported to the SCSO January 12. She has been charged with: Theft of Livestock; Theft - $15,000 Bond; Burglary of Habitation - $5,000 Bond; Fraud Use/Poss of Identifying Info against the Elderly - $15,000; and Theft against the Elderly - $20,000.

 
 

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Governor Abbott Appoints Scott And Riojas To Texas Farm And Ranch Lands Conservation Council


 

 

 
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed George “Dave” Scott, III and appointed Gilbert “Gilly” Riojas to the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council for a terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. The Council’s duties are to advise and assist the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program (TFRLCP) with administration of the program and to select applicants to receive grants. The goal of the TFRLCP is a conservation of working lands with high values for water, fish and wildlife, and agricultural production.
 
 
 
George “Dave” Scott, III of Richmond is a rancher and retired executive vice president of Port City Stockyard Company. He is chairman of the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors and past president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He is also a board member of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and Western States Water Development Board. He served in the Texas National Guard. Scott attended the University of Houston and Sam Houston State University.
 
 
 
Gilbert “Gilly” Riojas of Hebbronville is the ranch manager for East Foundation. He is a member of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. Riojas received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program, and is currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
 
 
 

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Joaquin City Meetings


 

 

Joaquin Public Safety Corporation Meeting 

 

 

The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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 approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.
5. Adjourn.
 
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
 
 
Joaquin City Council Meeting
 
 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday January 16, 2018
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1.Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2.Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3.Open Forum.
4.Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5.Monthly Reports:
a.City Secretary- Election Announcements & Quarterly Financial Updates. 
b.Utility Billing Manager
Report  --Monthly receipts  &Quarterly Adjustment update.
c.Public Works Manager
Update – Departmental Updates
d.Water Department
Update—Ongoing Water Projects.
6.Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7.Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a.Public Works Employee-Benefits Review.
b.Administrative Employee- Performance review & possible employment reclassification.
c.City Secretary- Compensation review.
8.Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
9.Adjournment.
 
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
 
 
Joaquin Economic Development Corportation Meeting
 
 
The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, January 16, 2018 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 approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Review of financial standing of JED Corporation.
5.Adjourn.
 
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for Paxton Water Supply


 

 

The boil water notice has been lifted for the Paxton Water Supply. 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

 
Most of the moisture will have moved out before the really cold weather sets in here in Deep East Texas. The ground temperatures are also very warm. The bad stuff could occur as the next Arctic front late on Monday crosses the area with the possibility of winter mixes especially to our
North along and above IH 20.
 
By that time, the roads and especially the bridges may be a concern. That said, the various forecasts do differ as to how much moisture will be available beyond a light dusting. It will continue to be unseasonably cold through most of the work week.
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 1-12-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Community Calendar 1-11-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week


 

 

 
 
What is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®?
 
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.
 
 

 

 

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Evening News 1-11-18


 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

*Due to a major change in our weather with a front bearing down on us, I
wanted to get this observation out to everyone early today.*
 
 
 
Cloudy again *today*. We started at a 56 degree warm and humid degrees
overnight toward a 65 degree high....but? a rather strong cold front is on
its way. *This morning we will see see T-storms *with rain of maybe 1/4 to
1/2 inch begin mid morning with *strong South winds gusting to 8-10 mph*.
By 5pm the *cold front should be announcing itself* to us with very strong
18-20 mph winds to make us look for the hot apple cider and cocoa as the
temps during the night will give us a *wind chill of 19 degrees.*
 
*Friday *begins with some sun and a cold 28 degree start. the  North wind
will still be blustery at 15-18 from tjhe North and the temperature will
not rise above 48 degrees even with the Sunshine
 
*Saturday* will be a repeat of Friday, but with less wind and a wind chill
of 22 as we start the day at 28 degrees and to high of 49
 
*Sunday* with the cloudless skies will once again start at a cold 24
degrees. Sun and still remain in broken record 48 degree high temperature
range.
 
 

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Today's News 1-11-18


 

 

 

 

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Chadwick Wanted by SCSO


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Andrea Janise Chadwick. Chadwick is 5’7’ and weighs approximately 155 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes. Her last known address is in Shelbyville.
 
Chadwick has active warrants in Shelby County. If you have information on her whereabouts, please contact SCSO Chief Deputy Kevin Windham at 936-527-1972 or 936-598-5601.
 
If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Chadwick of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.
 
 

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Shelby County Sheriff's Office is Seeking a Missing Lady


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of 54 year-old Teresa Glynn Stephens. Stephens was last seen in Shelby County in the Spring of 2016. Stephens may also go by the names Teresa Glynn Roof or Teresa Glynn Kocyba. She is described as a white female, 5’10” and 200 pounds. 
 
Stephens has ties to South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas City, Tx. 
If anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts or any information on Stephens, you are urged to contact Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Kevin Windham at (936) 598-5601 or (936) 572-1972.
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

On Janurary 10, 2018 the Shelby County Commissioners Court met and took the following actions.

 

1. The Court approved and paid weekly expenses.
 
2.They approved the current payroll. 
 
3.  The court adjourned.  
 
 
 

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FDA Clover Valley Cookie Recall


 

 

Dollar General Corporation announced a voluntary recall of its 12-ounce packages of Clover Valley® Iced Oatmeal Cookies with lot # L46217 30 with a best-by date of August 18, 2018 over concerns of undeclared milk and tree nuts. Consumers with a milk and/or nut allergy or sensitivity to these items should not consume these products due to a possible health risk or serious allergic reaction. No illnesses or reactions have been reported at this time.
 
 
Dollar General initially learned of a potential issue based upon information received from a store level employee. The Company promptly contacted the product’s manufacturer who confirmed a production facility labeling error in which Clover Valley® Coconut Macaroons were inadvertently placed in Clover Valley® Iced Oatmeal Cookie packaging. Dollar General then contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate the voluntary product recall. The affected product package image is below for reference.
 
12-Ounce Clover Valley® Iced Oatmeal Cookies Package UPC: 0 86106 03201 5 
SKU: 14878301 
Lot: L46217 30 
Best By Date: 08/18/18
 
Milk and nut allergens present in the Clover Valley® Coconut Macaroon Cookies, which are not disclosed on the Clover Valley® Iced Oatmeal Cookie packaging, may pose a health risk to consumers if consumed.
 
Clover Valley® Iced Oatmeal Cookies were sold and distributed exclusively in Dollar General retail stores located in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI and WV.
 
Customers who purchased this product are encouraged to discard it or return to their local Dollar General store to exchange the product for a like item. Consumers with questions may contact Dollar General’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-678-9258 seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST or by emailing  custsvc@dollargeneral.com.
 
Dollar General is working in partnership with the product manufacturer and the FDA to fully investigate the matter and comply with all necessary recall procedures. The Company is also taking the necessary steps to address this issue and apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this product issue.
 
 

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Car Catches Fire


 

 

On January 4th, 2018 at approximately 2:30 p.m. a single vehicle fire occurred on State Highway 87 North near Mt. Gillion.  Occurring to the Center Fire Department a Honda passenger car caught fire and the gas tank ruptured and was leaking gas. 

 

The Center Fire Department quickly responded and put out the vehicle fire.  No probably cause was given as to the original cause of the fire. 

 

No injuries occurred and the Center Fire Department returned to the station at 4:15 p.m.   

 

 

 

 
 

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Evening News 1-10-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 1-10-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Runaway reunited with family


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A juvenile reported as a runaway by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 11, 2017 has been reunited with her family.
 
Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that Monica Marie Carter, 16, of Joaquin, was detained by immigration and customs officers at the Mexico border in Progreso, TX on Jan. 8, 2018 as she attempted to cross back over into the United States. Carter was transported to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detention Center where she was turned over to family members.
 
Carter fled Shelby County with 29 year-old Tommy Gene Riley of Lufkin. United States Customs Agents notified the SCSO that Carter crossed into Mexico on or about Sept. 15, 2017.
 
This case was under the investigation of SCSO Chief Deputy Kevin Windham.
 
 
 
 

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TxDOT UPDATE


 

 

 

LUFKIN – Crews are scheduled to pre-treat roadways in the Lufkin District beginning Wednesday, ahead of possible rain and freezing temperatures expected on Thursday.
 
The brine treatment that will be applied to overpasses, major structures and bridges will discourage ice or snow from sticking to pavement in the case of winter precipitation. The treatment will be applied in each county and crews will continue to respond to snow or ice conditions as needs arise and roads allow.
 
Motorists are urged to use caution on bridges and overpasses, since these are the first to freeze.
“With rain expected and temperatures expected to fall below freezing on Thursday night, we will begin treatment on Wednesday to prepare our roadways,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “Motorists are urged to reduce speed in freezing temperatures as there could be slick spots in rural areas. It takes three times more space to stop on a frozen or slick roadway. Avoid hitting your brakes, if possible.”
 
The Lufkin District will continue to monitor the National Weather Service for updates and potential winter weather conditions for East Texas. Safety of the traveling public is priority and crews will continue to work to prepare and respond to weather conditions.
 
 

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Mathew Williams Transferred to San Augustine


Mathew Williams is being transferred to the San Augustine County jail from the Sabine County jail. He was originally arrested by the Hemphill City Police for killing a high school student while drunk driving and booked in the San Augustine County jail due to injuries he received in the crash he was transferred out of county to a larger facility that could properly treat his injuries.  He is now being returned to the San Augustine County jail. 

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Tenaha Gets a Police Department


 

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Burglary Suspect Arrested


 

 

Another subject has been arrested in connection with the recent burglary that occurred December 11- 12, 2017 at a property on Highway 59 North in Tenaha.
 
Aaron Jeffrey, 45 of Carthage, was arrested and taken into custody by the Panola County Sheriff’s Office on January 6. He is awaiting transport to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey is charged with burglary of a habitation
 
 
Antoine Pierce
 
The Shelby County Sheriff’s is still seeking the whereabouts of Antoine Pierce, 33, of Marshall. Pierce is described as a 5’9” black male, and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair and black eyes. Pierce has two active warrants for burglary of a habitation and burglary of a building.
 
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these Pierce, please contact SCSO Chief Deputy Kevin Windham at (936) 572-1972 or (936) 598-5601.
 
If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Pierce of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.
 
 

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Shelby County Appraisal District Appraisal Review Board Results


 

 

 
 
 
 
The Shelby County Appraisal District Appraisal Review Board held a meeting on January 9th, 2018 at 10 a.m. the board took the following actions.
 
1.  They where called to order.
 
2.  They took the oath of office.
 
3.  The board approved the minutes of the October 3rd, 2017 meeting.
 
4.  The board submitted supplemental records for the fourth quarter of 2017.
 
5.  The board approved policies and procedures no changes were made.
 
Items not listed on the agenda: they moved the status of General Shelters to out of the City Limits as a clerical error had listed it in the City of Center limits.
 
 
 
 

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City of Tenaha City Council Meeting Results


 

 

 
The City of Tenaha held a City Council Meeting on Monday January 8th, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. here are the results from the meeting.
 
1.  The council where called to order and performed roll call.
 
2.  They welcomed guests.
 
3.  The coucil established a City of Tenaha Police Department.
 
4.  The council adjourned.
 
 
 
Deputy Joey Hudnall, Mayor Natalie Harris, Tenaha Chief of Police/Marshal Jermy H. Pope
 
 

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San Augustine Commissioner's Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on 
Tuesday, the 9TH day of January 2018 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 1-9-18


 

 

 

 

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Center City Council Meeting Results


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
During the Center City Council meeting held on January 8th, 2018 the council took the following actions.
 
1.  They adopted the City limits map.
 
2.  They approved the Light & Champion as the City's Official paper.
 
3.  Chemical bids were approved.
 
4.  A parade route was approved for Martin Luther King Jr. day.
 
5.  The council finished their regular meeting and moved on to discuss items of interest including: The Little League World Series, The annual water burnout, AT&T services, and the demolition of some older homes in Center.  No action was taken this was just a discussion.
 
6.  Lastly the council adjourned.  
 
 
 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Bus Wreck


 
 
SHELBY COUNTY, TX – At approximately 3:50 p.m. on January 8th, 2018, the Texas Department of
Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two vehicle crash on SH 87 involving a Shelbyville ISD school bus.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2014 International school bus was stopped facing north on SH 87 with red lights activated and unloading students.  A 2009 Pontiac passenger car traveling south on SH 87 reportedly crested a hill and attempted to stop but slid into the northbound lane and struck the front of the bus.  The driver of the bus is identified as Marla Denby, 54, from Shelbyville.
 
The driver of the Pontiac is identified as Matthew Gamble, 16, also from Shelbyville.  A passenger with Gamble was transported to a Center hospital for possible treatment.
 
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 
 
The Shelby County Commissioners' met on January 8th at 9:30 a.m. here are the results from the meeting.
 
1.  They approved the minutes of the December 8th, 11th, 13th, 21st, 27th meetings.
 
2.  They approved the weekly expenses.
 
3.  They approved the officers report.  
 
4.  No one gave a public comment on the agenda.
 
5.  They discussed and approved the Sheriff's Department to purchase new heaters.  They will be replacing 3 heaters for $49,000.  Sheriff Willis Blackwell was in attendance today.
 
 
 
 
Sheriff Willis Blackwell 
 
 
 
6.  Tom Wilberg with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality discussed the installation of four off site wells for TCEQ, his request was approved.
 
 
 
 
Tom Wilberg with TCEQ
 
 
 
7.  The Court considered and took action to approve the resolution for the approval of bringing a suit on behalf of Shelby County, Texas vs. various drug manufacturers,developers, suppliers and others of a class of pharmaceutical class of drugs referred to as opioids.
 
8.  The Court tabled the discussion about the closure of County Road 3120.
 
9.  No action was taken on item 9 involving District Attorney Stephen Shires request to set up a drug court fund.
 
 
 
 
 
District Attorney Stephen Shires
 
 
 
10.  District Attorney Stephen Shires was approved to have a part-time internship to be paid out of forfeiture funds.
 
11. No action was taken on item 11 involving District Attorney Stephen Shires request to apply for a Specialty Court Grant through the Governor's office.
 
12.  The District Attorney Stephen Shires was approved to mount televisions in both Courtrooms and given $3,700 in funds to purchase and install the televisions.
 
13.  An Executive Session was held to discuss courthouse security procedures and assignment of duties, as well as, personnel, and hearing complaints against personnel.
 
14.  They reopened the regular meeting.
 
15.  They discussed issues discussed in the Executive Session.
 
16.  Lastly the court adjourned.  
 
 

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Today's News 1-8-18


 

 

 

 

 

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UPDATED: Agenda For Shelby County Appraisal Board Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a public meeting of the Board of Directors of the Shelby County
Appraisal District will convene at 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the appraisal district
office at 724 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas. The following subjects will be discussed and action
taken where necessary.
 
AGENDA
 
1. Call to Order
2. Public Comment
3. Election of Officers
4. Approve Minutes from the October 3, 2017 Meeting
5. Approval of Check Register for the Fourth Quarter of 2017
6. Appoint Appraisal Review Board Member
7. Select Auditor and Enter Into Contract for 2017 Audit
8. Accept or Reject Depository Bids
9. Closed Session to Seek the Advice of the District’s Attorney Regarding Pending or
Contemplated Litigation
10. Convene in Open Session and Take Possible Action on Items Discussed in Closed Session
11. Chief Appraiser’s Report
Adjourn 
 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

The City of Center will have a City Council Meeting on Monday, January 8th at 5 p.m. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

Last evening and early this morning I am sure you also heard the Noise
associated with our almost 1/2 inch of rain average across the SA County
area. If you did not hear those waking you up...I am pretty sure you did
hear the North winds gusting to 15 MPH from the North.
 
Here in San Augustine we did pick up .42 of an inch of rain from the storms
associated with the cold front's passing. We will likely be hard pressed to
reach the forecast 56 degrees for a high due to the 10-12 mile per hour
North winds we will see by noon today and the dense cloud cover that will
be with us.
 
*Tuesday* - 42 degree start-> 57 high, a speck or 2 of sun late
 
*Wednesday* - 45 start -> 63 and lots of sunshine  until some clouds roll
in late in the day. South winds 10-12
 
*Thursday* - 53 start -> 64 high with rain beginning around 10 am. another
1/4 to 1/2 inch. North winds at 15 mph
 
*Friday* - 30 degree start, but only 48 for a high even with the sun
shining. Winds North at 10 will give a windchill of 23 very COLD degrees.
 
*Saturday and Sunday* Sunny start with 23 degree starts each day for lows
and highs of only 48 degrees and wind chills with some North winds blowing
 
 

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Governor Abbott Statement On The Death Of Rita Clements


 

 

 
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement on the death of former Texas First Lady and University of Texas System Board of Regents member, Rita Clements:
 
 
 
"Cecilia and I are truly saddened to learn of the death of Rita Clements, and we ask that all Texans join us in keeping the Clements family in their thoughts and prayers. Rita was an true states woman who served Texas both on the UT System Board of Regents and as a great steward of the Governors Mansion during her time as First Lady. Texas has suffered a tremendous loss, but Rita leaves behind an incredible legacy."
 
 

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One arrested, two wanted in connection with recent burglaries


 

One suspect has been arrested following two burglaries that occurred December 11- 12, 2017 at a property on Highway 59 North in Tenaha. Two additional suspects have been identified and warrants have been issued for their arrest.
 
On Dec. 11 two suspects entered a building on the property removing various tools, welding machine and a 4-wheeler. On Dec, 12, one of the suspects returned to the property with the third suspect and forcefully entered the home. During the course of the burglary of habitation, it appeared that a chain was hooked to a large safe which was then pulled through the front door of the home causing structural damage. The suspects also took two televisions.
 
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) released video surveillance and photographs of the suspects on their website, Facebook page and to media stations across the area. Within a few days, the Panola County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SCSO with a positive identification of one suspect. She was identified as Kiesha Allred, 36 of Henderson.
 
On Dec. 14, SCSO Investigator Carmen Fears interviewed Allred at the Panola County Sheriff’s Office. Allred explained how the burglaries occurred and confessed to her involvement in the situation. At that point, Allred was served two warrants, arrested at the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the SCSO.
 
Allred was arraigned by Shelby County Justice of the Peace Pct. 5 Mike Crouch. She posted bonds totaling $55,000 and was released the same day.
 
The PCSO played a huge role in helping the SCSO with this case. PCSO recovered the majority of the stolen property from two of the suspect’s respective residences which has been returned to the property owner.
 
The SCSO is once again asking for help from the community. Suspects Antoine Pierce and Aaron Jeffery are wanted in connection with this case. Pierce has an active warrant for burglary of a habitation and burglary of a building. Jeffery is wanted for burglary of a building. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these two individuals, please contact SCSO Chief Deputy Kevin Windham at (936) 572-1972 or (936) 598-5601.
 
If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Pierce or Jeffery of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

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Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Candace Harper, 24 of Center


 

 

 
On November 7, 2017, Farmers State Bank contacted the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) in regards to an employee theft. SCSO Investigator Carmen Fears met with bank officials November 8 and was informed that Harper had allegedly stolen $14,142.25 during her shift on October 20.
 
Bank officials met with Harper on November 1 to discuss the missing funds. Bank officials told Fears that Harper wasn’t sure what happened to the missing funds but the till could have possibly been miscounted. Bank officials told Harper she was being terminated because she did not follow policy of reporting a shortage in her till before leaving. Bank officials gave Harper the opportunity to return the missing funds by November 3 without pursing any involvement with law enforcement. The money was not returned by that date.
 
Fears met with Harper on November 22 at the SCSO. During the course of the interview, Harper admitted to taking the money on October 20.
 
Warrants were issued and Harper was arrested on December 14. She posted $5,000 bond and was released the same day.
 
 

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Joaquin Fire Report


 

 

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department responded to 56 emergency calls in 2017. The calls cover a wide variety of situations, ranging from assisting EMS to full blown structure fires. The breakdown is as follows:
 
Motor Vehicle Accidents: 23
5 of these involved extrication. 
 
Vehicle fires: 4
 
Grass/ woods fires: 10
 
Storm damage/ clear roads: 4
 
Landing zone for helicopter: 2
 
Special rescue: 1
 
Structure fires: 11
 
Six of the calls listed were for mutual aid to neighboring departments. 
 
The JVFD proudly serves the Joaquin community, and stands ready to respond to help our neighbors. 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meetings


 

 

1st Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 8th day of January, 2018 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:
 
1.Approve the minutes of the December 8, 2017 Special meeting, December 11, 2017 Regular meeting, December 13, 2017 Special meeting, December 21, 2017 Special meeting, and the December 27, 2017 Special meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court. 
 
2.Approve weekly expenses.
 
3.Approve Officers Report.
 
4.Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
5.Discuss and possibly approve Sheriff’s Department to purchase new heaters. 
 
6.Tom Wilberg to discuss the insulation of the four off site wells for TCEQ. 
 
7.Consider and take action to approve Resolution for approval of bringing suit on behalf of Shelby County, Texas, vs. various drug manufacturers, developers, suppliers and others of a class of pharmaceutical class of drugs commonly referred to as opioids and approval of Professional Services Agreement for Special Counsel.
 
8.Discuss and possibly approve Pct. 3 Commissioner to close County Road 3120.
 
9.District Attorney, Stephen Shires to address the Court on approving setting up an account for “DRUG COURT FUND”   to place monies collected by probation department.
 
10.District Attorney’s office to create a part-time internship to be paid out of forfeiture funds.
 
11.Discuss and possibly approve the District Attorney to apply for a Specialty Court Grant through the Governor’s office.
 
12.DA to discuss mounting televisions in the District Courtrooms
EXECUTIVE SESSION
 
13.An Executive session will also be held for the purpose of discussing courthouse security procedures and assignment of duties, as well as, personnel, hearing complaints against personnel, or to deliberate the appointed, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee. This closed session is authorized by Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.072-551.087.
 
14.Reopen Regular Meeting.
 
15.Discuss and possibly make a decision on issues discussed in the Executive Session.
 
16.Adjourn.
 
 

2nd Meeting 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 10th of January, 2018 at 9:30 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.
 
2.Approve current payroll. 
 
3.Adjourn.
 
 
 
 

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Governor Abbott Appoints Villarreal To Texas Facilities Commission


 

 

 
AUSTIN  Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rigo Villarreal to the Texas Facilities Commission for a term set to expire on January 31, 2023. The Commission manages state government buildings and handles the sale of surplus property, including property donated to the state by federal programs.
 
 

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Shelby County Tax Appraisal Review Board Meetings


 

1ST Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that a public meeting of the Appraisal Review Board of Shelby County will convene at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the office of Shelby County Appraisal District, 724 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas.  The following subjects will be discussed, and action taken where necessary.
 
AGENDA
 
1.Call to Order
2.Oath of Office
3.Approve Minutes of the October 3, 2017 Meeting
4.Submit Supplemental Records for Fourth Quarter of 2017
5.Presentation of Policies and Procedures
6.Recess
 
 
2ND Meeting 
 
Notice is hereby given that a public meeting of the Board of Directors of the Shelby County Appraisal District will convene at 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the appraisal district office at 724 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas.  The following subjects will be discussed and action taken where necessary.
 
AGENDA
 
1.Call to Order
 
2.Public Comment
 
3.Election of Officers
 
4.Approve Minutes from the November 1, 2016 Meeting
 
5.Approval of Check Register for the Fourth Quarter of 2016
 
6.Appoint Appraisal Review Board Secretary
 
7.Select Auditor and Enter Into Contract for 2016 Audit
 
8.Resolution to Authorize Signatures on Bank Accounts
 
9.Closed Session to Seek the Advice of the District’s Attorney Regarding Pending or Contemplated Litigation
 
10.Convene in Open Session and Take Possible Action on Items Discussed in Closed Session
 
11.Chief Appraiser’s Report
 
Adjourn

 

 

 

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UPDATED PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE FOR TEXAS TAXPAYERS


 

 

 
New and updated property tax information has just been compiled by Shelby County Appraisal District and is available now to assist taxpayers.  This property tax information is current and covers a wide range of topics, such as taxpayer remedies, exemptions, appraisals and is of value to select groups, such as disabled veterans and persons who are 65 years of age or older.
 
“Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, disabled veteran or a taxpayer, it’s important you know your rights concerning the property tax laws.” said Robert Pigg, chief appraiser of Shelby County Appraisal District.  “You can contact us about any property tax issues with full confidence that we will provide you the most complete, accurate and up-to-date available information to assist you.”
 
This includes information about the following programs:
 
Property Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans - The law provides partial exemptions for any property owned by veterans who are disabled, surviving spouses and surviving children of deceased disabled veterans.  This includes homesteads donated to disabled veterans by charitable organizations at no cost to the disabled veterans and their surviving spouses.  The exemption amount is determined according to percentage of service-connected disability.  The law also provides a 100 percent homestead exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans and their surviving spouses and for surviving spouses of U.S. armed service members killed in action.
 
Property Tax Exemptions - Non-profit organizations that meet statutory requirements may seek property tax exemptions and must apply to the appraisal district by a specific date.  Businesses that receive tax abatements granted by taxing units; ship inventory out of Texas that may be eligible for the freeport exemption; store certain goods in transit in warehouses that are moved within 175 days; construct, install or acquire pollution control property; own and operate energy storage systems; convert landfill-generated gas; or store offshore drilling equipment while not in use may also be eligible for statutory exemptions.
 
Rendering Taxable Property - If a business owns tangible personal property that is used to produce income, the business must file a rendition with its local county appraisal district by a specified date.  Personal property includes inventory and equipment used by a business.  Owners do not have to render exempt property such as church property or an agriculture producer’s equipment used for farming.
 
Appraisal Notices - A Notice of Appraised Value is mailed to each taxpayer in mid May.  This is the taxpayer’s opportunity to check for any discrepancies in their value, property description, address, exemptions, etc. 
 
Property Taxpayer Remedies - This Comptroller publication explains in detail how to protest a property appraisal, what issues the county appraisal review board (ARB) can consider and what to expect during a protest hearing.  The publication also discusses the option of taking a taxpayer’s case to district court, the State Office of Administrative Hearings or entering into binding arbitration if the taxpayer is dissatisfied with the outcome of the ARB hearing.
 
Homestead Exemptions - A homestead is generally defined as the home and land used as the owner’s principle residence on January 1 of the tax year.  A homestead exemption reduces the appraised value of the home and, as a result, lowers property taxes.  Applications are submitted to the appraisal district.
 
Productivity Appraisal - Property owners who use land for timberland production, agricultural purposes and wildlife management can be granted property tax relief on their land.  They may apply to the appraisal district for an agricultural appraisal which may result in a lower appraisal of the land based on how much the taxpayer produces, versus what the land would sell for in the open market.
 
Residence Homestead Tax Deferral - Texas homeowners may postpone paying the currently delinquent property taxes due on the appreciating value of their homes by filing a tax deferral affidavit at the appraisal district.  This tax relief allows homeowners to pay the property taxes on 105 percent of the preceding year’s appraised value of their homestead, plus the taxes on any new improvements to the homestead.  The remaining taxes are postponed, but not cancelled, with interest accruing at 8 percent per year.
 
Property Tax Deferral for Persons Age 65 or Older and Disabled Homeowners - Texans who are 65 years of age or older, or who are disabled as defined by law, may postpone paying current and delinquent property taxes on their homes by signing a tax deferral affidavit.  Once the affidavit is on file, taxes are deferred, but not cancelled, as long as the owner continues to own and live in the home.  Interest continues to accrue on unpaid taxes.  You may obtain a deferral affidavit at the appraisal district.
 
Notice of Availability of Electronic Communication - Chief appraisers of a county appraisal district and appraisal review boards may communicate electronically through email or other media with property owners or their designated representatives.  Written agreements are required for notices and other documents to be delivered electronically in place of mailing.
 
Protesting Property Appraisal Values – Property owners who disagree with the appraisal district’s appraisal of their property for local taxes or for any other action that adversely affects them may protest their property value to the appraisal district’s appraisal review board.
 
For more information about these programs, contact the Shelby County Appraisal District at (936) 598-6171.  More information is also available from the state Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division website at www.comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

 
The City of Tenaha will have a City Council Meeting next Monday January 8th, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

Warming trend beginning today toward more normal, seasonal temps though we will experience one more late evening and early morning Freeze. 
 
 
 
 
And....some light rain across the area beginning late Saturday into Monday morning with a shift in our winds to the South.... maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch in parts of Deep East Texas. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Except for this brief period of falling moisture, we should see lots of sun over the next 7-10 days as a a couple of HIGH pressure systems approach the area and begin to sit over us. We will likely go from these below normal temps to slightly above temperatures.
 
 
 
 
 

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Man Killed in Hunting Accident


On December 27, 2017, The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting accident on County Road 3373 in Joaquin.

 
Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that a juvenile and a family member had been in the area hunting. After the individual finished hunting, the juvenile was attempting to unload his gun when the instrument accidentally discharged striking Francisco Gomez, 22 of Georgia, in the chest.
 
Gomez was pronounced deceased at 12:16 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Margie Anderson.
 
This case was under the investigation of the SCSO and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
 

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Today's News 1-4-18


 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD School Board Meeting


 

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.
 
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time. 
 
1. Call to order
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3. Open forum
4. Consent agenda 
a. Minutes of the December 11, 2017 meeting of the board
b. Monthly financial reports
5. School Board Recognition Month
6. Consider for approval
a. Senior Trip
b. Band Trip
7. Principal’s Reports
a. Campus events
b. Recognition of Staff and/or Students
8. Superintendent’s Reports
a. Articles of Interest
b. General Updates
9. Executive Session
a. Resignations/Employment
b. Personnel
10.  Adjournment
 
 
 

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TxDOT UPDATE


 

LUFKIN - Two new construction projects located in three Lufkin District counties are beginning this week and next week in Nacogdoches, Shelby and Sabine counties that are scheduled to upgrade guardrail to design standards.
 
A $1.1 million project is beginning this week on SH 87 in Shelby County that will include upgrading metal beam guardrail to current design standards and upgrading drainage structures from SH 7 in Center to SH 147. A section of FM 83 in Sabine County is included in the project and will include safety treating fixed objects and upgrading guardrail from the San Augustine County line to FM 1 in Pineland. AR Brothers Construction, San Augustine, will serve as contractor for the project.
 
A $597,891 construction project is scheduled to begin next week that is designed to improve metal beam guardrail to design standards on SH 7 in Nacogdoches County from the Angelina County line to Business 59 in Nacogdoches. Included in the work will be a section of SH 103 in Nacogdoches County that will be from the Angelina County line to the San Augustine County line. 3LW Civil LLC, Mason, will serve as contractor for the project.
 
Motorists are urged to use caution as they travel through these work zones, reduce speed and prepare for possible delays or lane closures as work progresses. For more information on statewide projects, visit drivetexas.org. 
 
 

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Today's News 1-3-18


 

 

 

 

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Center Fire Department Responds to Pasture Fire


 

 

 
At approximately 1 p.m. on January 3rd, 2018 the Center Fire Department responded to a pasture fire located on County Road 3229.  
 
 
 
 

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Melissa Crouch Candidacy Announcement For Justice of the Peace Precinct 1


 

 
 
 
I am Melissa Crouch candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 in Shelby County.  Shelby County has been my home many years.  I am the daughter of the late Maurice and Melba Crouch.  I am married to Roger Burton, we have four grown children and six wonderful grandchildren. 
 
I have experience within the Justice of the Peace office, appointed by the commissioner Court July 17,2017 when the Honorable Judge Maxie Eaves retired.  I have attended Justice Court training in Austin, TX. Three stages are required and I have completed the first stage and will be leaving on 1/7/18 for the second stage. 
 
I strive to handle all my duties in a very professional manner.  I will work hard to have a well-balanced relationship within this office, and work hard for the people of Pct. 1.  I know that this is not an eight to five job, it is twenty-four hours, seven days a week, and I will be there when called or needed.  
 
 
 
 

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Governor Abbott Appoints Jimmy Blacklock To The Texas Supreme Court


 

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today 1-2-18 appointed and swore in Jimmy Blacklock to the Texas Supreme Court following Justice Don Willett’s confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Blacklock has served as general counsel for Governor Abbott since 2015. 
 
“The Texas Supreme court plays a crucial role in the future of our state, and we need justices with a conservative judicial philosophy who will apply the Constitution as it was intended,” said Governor Abbott. “Jimmy Blacklock is a principled leader who knows that the role of the judicial branch of government is not to legislate from the bench, and he will use his profound understanding of the law to contribute to the court's decisions. I thank Jimmy for his work on behalf of the people of Texas, and for his unwavering commitment to the rule of law."
 
 
 
 

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Randy Robertson to Run for J.P 1


 

 

I am Randy Robertson and I am a Republican candidate for Justice of the Peace, Pct.1, Shelby County.  I have resided in Shelby County for 45 years, moving here with my parents Margaret Robertson and the Late Max Robertson when I was 13 years old.  My wife Lesa and I resided in the Choice/Neuville community and together we are blessed with 4 grown children and 10 grandchildren.  I have been self-employed in the trucking industry for approxximately 35 years.  I realize the position of Justice of the Peace is more than an 8 hour a day day job, I will be avaiable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I will attend all schools and stay up to date on all training to better serve the people of Pct.1.  I look forward to meeting you in the days ahead. 
 
Thank you and God bless Randy Robertson.
 
 
 

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Deadly Wreck in Angelina


 

 

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers
investigated early this morning a double fatality crash on CC Road about four
miles southeast of Lufkin.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates that about 1:30 a.m., a 2008 Honda
passenger car was traveling south on CC Road when the vehicle drove off the
roadway to the right where it struck a dirt embankment and a tree before
overturning.
 
The driver of the vehicle is identified as Jarred Pecina, 20, from Diboll, TX. A
passenger traveling with Pecina is identified as Valeria Jasso, 18, from Lufkin, TX.
Pecina and Jasso were both pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by
Angelina County Justice of the Peace Esther Barger.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
 
 
 
 

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Happy New Year Shelby County


 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

An Arctic air mass (I would call it a POLAR EXPRESS) will move across the region through the weekend bringing much colder temperatures areawide. Most locations will remain below freezing from Sunday night through mid-morning Wednesday. High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will approach the freezing/melting point and will plummet into the mid teens each night.
 
 
 
 
 
Precautions:
 
Protect pipes
Provide a warm shelter for plants and pets
Frostbite can occur on exposed skin areas
Don't forget to dress in layers
Check on your neighbors and the elderly.
 
 
 
 

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