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Loop 500 and 7 East Closed Updated


 

Update:  

 

Loop 500 in Shelby County is now open to traffic following an earlier HazMat spill. All lanes have been cleared and are open. Drive safely.

 

 

Update From TxDOT 1:33 p.m. 2-28-18: 

 

There was a spill that occurred early this morning 2-28-18 on SL 500 and also at the intersection of US 96.  A tanker hauling salt water/mud leaked from the tank . A hazmat crew is still on the scene removing the debris and the loop from SH 7 to US 96 remains closed. The cleanup is expected to be completed by later this afternoon 2-28-18. 

 

 

According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Center Police Deparment there was a 18 Wheeler that had a spill on 96 and Loop 500 and 7 East. The Loop is closed between 96 and 7 East. 699 was reported to still be open. 
 
 
 
 
 

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A Letter From Center ISD


 

 

The following letter was given to students to take home today, February 28.
 
 
 
 

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Berry Truck Wrecks in Timpson


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shortly before 4p.m.  yesterday 2-27-18 a semi hauling fresh berries was traveling North on HWY 59 coming into Timpson. The driver stated that he realized that he was going over posted speed limit and tried to slow down. When he braked it caused his load to shift and he lost control and over turned. The truck slid on it's drivers side over 300 feet before coming to rest partially in the ditch. The  Timpson Fire Dept. had to close and reroute north bound traffic.  The driver only suffered minor scrapes.  It was almost midnight before Hopkins Wrecker Service could get the truck out of the road way and ditch.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Evening News 2-28-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 2-28-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches Police Seek Information About Pizza Hut Robbery


 

 

 

 

 

 

At about 10:15 PM on February 15th, the pictured individual entered the Pizza Hut on North University Drive at East Austin Street. The suspect threatened the attendant with a knife and demanded money. The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash and fled on foot southerly, toward Woodforest Apartments. There were no reported injuries.
 
 
Nacogdoches CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 for the first, most complete tip that results in the arrest or grand jury indictment of the suspect in this case. Call at 936-560-4636 or send us a tip on the web. All information remains confidential and you never have to give your name.
 

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San Augustine Boil Water Notice Lifted


 

 

The water on San Augustine Rural WSC 
no longer requires boiling.
 
 
On February 21, 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 February 27, 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 Lady Tigers Interview


 

 

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Evening News 2-27-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center Municipal Court Warrant Round Up to Begin


 

 

The Center Municipal Court Warrant Round Up will begin soon.  The Court would like to inform the public that you have the right to meet with the Judge if you have a warrant, also that they are willing to work with individuals if you contact them at 936-598-3080.  

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

The graphic below will give you a view of how wide spread the flooding is just in our region with more rain to come. Still just about 1 inch here, but the further North the rain will be in the 2-3+ inch range.
 
 
 
 
 
--Enjoy the sun this morning because it will disappear this afternoon as the rain and T-storms roll in around 2pm and likely not be seen until Friday.? 69 today and with all the Gulf moisture headed our way we could see 80 degrees for the high tomorrow....yep 80! with a strong South wind at 15 mph.
 
 

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Center K9 Will Recieve Body Armor


 

 

 

 

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DRT to Celebrate Texas Independence Day


 

 

On Friday, March 2, at 12:00 noon, the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will celebrate Texas Independence Day and Texas Flag Day by sharing the Texas Declaration of Independence.  Weather permitting, we will be outside the Reba January James Heritage Library in the DRT building on the historic courthouse square in Center. In case of rain, we will move inside. The public is invited to hear the reading of the document that changed Texas history; the Texas Declaration of Independence. Come join us as we honor our Texas history.
 
 
 

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Today's News 2-27-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

This week will see cooler evenings ahead....some mid 40's during the evening hours and lots of East & North winds although not strong, they will still make it feel cooler at times. Daytime highs in the mid 60's.
 
 
 
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning.             
 
There is a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms on Tuesday and a slight risk of severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
 
 
Timing and Overview:
 
 
 
Strong 13-15 mph South winds ahead of the next fronts. Showers and thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall will increase in coverage on Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening with a second round of heavy rainfall on Wednesday night. Additionally, there is a threat of severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds and tornadoes during the afternoon and evening hours of Tuesday and Wednesday, mainly along and north of interstate 20.  
 
 
Four State Impacts:
 
Expected Accumulations:  Around two to three inches of rainfall may be possible mainly along and north of interstate 20.
 
Impacts: Because of swollen rivers and lakes from previous rainfall, two to three inches of heavy rain will add to the ongoing river flood situation. Additionally, due to saturated soils, flash flooding will be likely. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Garrett Boersma to Visit Timpson


 

 

Garrett Boersma, candidate for Texas House District 9 State Representative to Austin will be holding a town hall meeting Tuesday the 27th at the Timpson Public Library from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The address is 520 Austin Street in Timpson.  Come out and meet Garrett.

 

 

 
 

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Tenaha Basketball News


 

 

Tigers vs Woden @ Lon Morris College in Jacksonville 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2018!!!
 
 
Lady Tigers vs. LaPoynor Regional Finals
 
 
 
They left it all on the court... ignored adversity. Overcame trials... and today they leave the Lady Tiger Basketball program as the most successful senior class in school history. 
LaPoynor managed to hang on for a 53-42 win to claim the Region crown, but our Lady Tiger Seniors will graduate with over 100 victories and three consecutive Region III Title game appearances. 
 
THANK YOU LADIES!!! You have been an absolute joy to support and have represented what Tenaha is all about!
 
 
 

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Shelby County Voter Turn Out So Far


 

 

An update on the number of people that have voted so far in Shelby County these numbers are as of 11:51 a.m. on 2-26-18.  
 
Republicans: 511
 
Democrats: 28
 
Total: 539
 
 
 
 
 

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SHELBY COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE


 
 
Plans for the 2018 Annual Shelby County Livestock Show are set.  The show will be held on Thursday, March 1st at the Shelby County Expo Center.  The sale will be held Saturday, March 3rd, at the John Dean Windham Civic Center, meal starting at 6:00PM.
 
Weigh in of the market animals will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 9:00 a.m.  The show will start at 10:00 a.m. with Rabbits and the Lambs, the Goats, Swine and Cattle will follow.  The Rabbits will be judged by Frank Farrow.  Carl Muntean, will judge lambs, goats, swine and cattle.  Kristen Powers, Show Emcee, stated, “I am excited about this year’s show with all the hard work and dedication that the exhibitors have put towards their animal projects.  There are over 90 entries at this show which are trying to be selected for the auction and premium awards.”  
 
Last year’s sale Champion steer was purchased by Hawkeye Hunting Club.   Shelby Savings Bank and G&G Logging won the bid for the Champion Swine.  Farmer’s State Bank purchased the Champion goat, and Border’s Poultry bought the Champion lamb.
 
The Bar-B-Que for the buyer’s and exhibitors will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by the auction at 7:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center.  “If you have a chance, come and see what the youth of Shelby County have been doing with their time.”   Stated Lane Dunn, County Extension Agent.  “The Shelby County Livestock show continues to grow each year which in part is due to the continued support of our youth by local businesses and the community.”  The public is invited to attend the events of the day and support the youth of our county.

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Today's News 2-26-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

 

Today - by 9:00 am this morning we will see a steady rain begin, some thunder until 7 pm this evenig as the front that passed thru yesterday has backed up and is stationary and with the sun will allows the rain to be squeezed from the atmosphere. 1 inch plus is likely. cooler today (57 degrees) as the winds will blow from the North North East at 8-10 miles per hour.
 
Monday - partly cloudy 51 start and a high of 71%mph winds from the South at only 5 mph. SUN? YES!
 
Tuesday - T-storms return 72/63 3/4 inch of rain.
 
Wednesday - T-storms early 1/4 to 1/3 inch, winds from the South at 10-12 mph, 55 start/76 high Thur thru Sat lots of sun, lows i low 70's  for highs, lows in the 50's. 
 
 
 
 
 

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A Letter From Tenaha ISD Superintendent Scott Tyner


 

 

To the Stakeholders of Tenaha ISD,
 
The wake of the Parkland High School shooting in Florida has provoked varying levels of responses and reactions. The debate about proper security responses is alive and will be bantered about a great deal in the near future.
 
However, I am more concerned with an unintended consequence of “real-life” events abroad and the effect they have on children here at home. Already, in our area and even in our school, children (who are most likely unaware of the seriousness of their words) are making statements that are in essence Terroristic Threats. It is my belief that our young generation has grown up desensitized to the serious nature of violence and the harm that their words can do, much less if their words lead to action.
 
As the leader of Tenaha Schools, I want to assure our stakeholders that terroristic threats will not be taken lightly. I have instructed our administration to immediately contact law enforcement who will in turn contact the FBI to fully investigate such threats. When a child says they “might shoot”, “would shoot”, or “could shoot” at or in a school, I want the parents, students, and supporters of our school to know that we will immediately turn that investigation over to the proper law enforcement authorities. We will not as a school district make an effort to determine if comments like that are in jest or taken out of context. The climate of seriousness that surrounds the topic of mass shootings especially in American public schools raises the seriousness of such words beyond our limits to effectively deal with them.
 
In short, students will be charged if they make such threats.
 
As always, the safety and security of our students is our top priority. It is shameful that the world we exist in exposes children to such senseless acts and in turn, such careless thought for the consequences of their words and/or actions. Parents, please talk to your children and ensure that they understand the severity of their words. We just live in a world that cannot tolerate these threats even if they are not made with intent.
 
Scott Tyner,
Superintendent of Schools
 
 
 
Thank you,
 
 

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City of Center City Council Meeting Cancelled


 

 

The Center city council meeting for Monday, February 26th has been cancelled.

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners Court will be held on the 28th day of February, 2018 at 9:30 am in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
 
2. Adjourn. 
 
 

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Two arrested in connect to car burglaries


 
 
Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of two suspects in connection to a string of car burglaries that occurred in multiple counties, including Shelby County, in early February. 
On Feb. 16 the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was notified that officers from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) had recovered a camera from a pawn shop in Lufkin that was reported stolen from a vehicle burglary that occurred in Nacogdoches. The camera was pawned by Kendrick Davis, 23, of Lufkin.
 
 
Kindrick Davis      
 
 
Jamarcus Suell
 
Digital images recovered from the camera led officers to identify two additional suspects as Debriyonia Miller and Jamarcus Suell. NCSO officers went to the residence of Miller and Suell and recovered an amplifier and speaker that was stolen from Shelby County.
 
SCSO Investigators interviewed Suell, Miller and Davis at the NCSO. Suell admitted to driving the vehicle used during the vehicle burglaries. Suell also admitted to knowingly being in possession of the stolen amplifier and speaker. Miller told investigators that the vehicle used in the burglaries belonged to her and that she allowed Suell use of the vehicle. Davis stated to investigators that he sold the camera for Suell.
 
Davis and Suell are currently being held at the NCSO on charges related to other vehicle burglaries.
 
Davis, Suell and Miller currently have active warrants out of Shelby County for Engaging Organized Criminal Activity (SJF).
 
The SCSO would like to thank the NCSO for their assistance with this case.
 
 

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Evening News 2-23-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

Humidity 100%
Wind Speed Calm
Barometer 30.24 in (1024.4 mb)
Dewpoint 60°F (16°C)
Visibility 0.75 mi

 

 

Today Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 5 mph.
 
Tonight Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.
 
Saturday Showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the afternoon. Cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
 
Saturday Night Showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the evening. Mostly cloudy. Cooler. Lows in the upper 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.
 
Sunday Mostly cloudy with chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms. Cooler. Highs in the mid 60s. East winds 5 mph becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
 
Sunday NightMostly cloudy. Chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then a slight chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.
 
Monday Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.
 
Monday Night Partly cloudy. Lows around 50.
 
Tuesday Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s.
 
Tuesday Night Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s.
 
Wednesday Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s.
 
Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 50s.
 
Thursday Becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s.
 
 

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Carthage Man Arrested on Murder Charge


 

 

On 2-21-18 at approximately 10:00 pm, the Panola County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a shooting on Private Road 622 off of County Road 222. It was also reported that there were possibly multiple victims and that the actor had left in one of the victim’s car with a small child still in the car seat. A description of the vehicle was given to responding officers. Prior to arriving on scene, officers discovered a gray Volkswagen sedan with shattered glass on the passenger’s side and an empty car seat in the back seat abandoned in the ditch on CR 222.  It was later determined that a passerby who lives in the community noticed the child in the car seat and removed her from the car and took her to his house to call 911. 
 
Upon arrival at the scene, two (2) victims were discovered. One victim was deceased lying face down on the ground in front of a residence on PR 622, and was later identified as Elania Johnson, age 44, of Longview, who had been shot six times, and another, identified as Raven Dotrey, age 21, of Longview was shot three times in the torso, but was alert and able to speak to officers. The two year old child was Dotrey’s daughter who had been removed from the car seat in the abandoned Volkswagen. She was transported to Good Shepard Medical Center in Longview. She told deputies the suspect was Elania Johnson’s boyfriend, possibly with the name of “Jeff.” She stated he was about 40 years old with a beard and dreadlock haircut. The suspect was later identified as Jeffrey Mickens, age 47, of 158 PR 622, Carthage. 
 
Dotrey said when they got to Mickens’ residence, he and Johnson got into an argument and he fired numerous shots into the car with the child still in the car seat in the back of the car. Both Dotrey and Johnson were struck by the bullets, but the child was not hit. Dotrey managed to get out of the car while Mickens reloaded his six shot revolver. Johnson was able to put the car in gear but eventually struck the corner of an adjacent house. Mickens ran to the car and pulled her out of the driver’s seat onto the ground. Dotrey was able to run to a nearby house and call 911. 
Mickens then got in the car, with the baby still in the car seat, and fled the scene, but abandoned it on CR 222. He then apparently travelled back to the scene on foot and snuck into the house of his next door neighbor. When deputies began searching the houses near the crime scene, when they approached the neighbor’s house, a shot rang out from inside the house, through the front door, narrowly missing a deputy who was standing just next to the door. Deputies took cover and were eventually able to establish cell phone contact with Mickens. He told the Sheriff’s Office negotiator he intended to commit “suicide by cop” and fired more shots through the front. For the next 10 hours communication between Mickens and the negotiator continued with him firing at least 9 more shots from inside the house.
 
A tactical team from the Longview Police Department arrived to assist Panola County Sheriff’s deputies and at about 10:20 am it was decided that the tactical team would use tear gas in an attempt to have Mickens surrender.  The projectiles were fired through the windows of the residence and within minutes, Mickens threw his weapon out of a window and surrendered with no resistance.
 
Mickens was transported to the Panola County Detention Center where he will be charged with Murder, Attempted Capital Murder of a Peace Officer, Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Kidnapping
 
 

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Community Calendar 2-23-18


 

 

 

 

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Current Voter Turn Out in Shelby County


 

 

 
Shelby County voter turn out so far as of this morning 2-23-18. 
 
 
Republicans: 285  
 
Democrats: 16
 
Total: 301
 

 

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Today's News 2-23-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Possible Flooded or Washed out Roads


 

According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office the following roads maybe flooded still:

 

FM 417 East & 2694
 
 
 
 

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JOAQUIN NOTICE OF DRAWING FOR PLACE ON BALLOT


 

 
Notice is hereby given of a drawing to determine the order in which the names of candidates are to be printed on the ballot for the election to be held on May 5, 2018 in Joaquin, Texas. The drawing will be held at 10 a.m. on, February 26, 2018 at Joaquin City Hall , 124 N. Preston , Joaquin, Texas. 
 
AVISO DEL SORTEO PARA UN LUGAR EN LA BOLETA Por lo presente se da aviso que habrá un sorteo para determinar la orden en que aparecerán los nombres de los candidatos en la boleta para la elección que se celebrará el 5 de Mayo, 20 18 en Joaquin , Texas. El sorteo tendrá lugar a las 10a.m. el 26, Febrero, 2018 a Joaquin City Hall, 124 N. Preston , Joaquin, Texas.
 
 
 
Amanda Willey
City Secretary
 

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Failed to Appear in Court List


 

 

The following criminal defendants failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing in the 123rd Judicial Court, Shelby County, Texas:
 
 
 
 
Wesley Dewitt McDonald
 
Donald Wayne Lee
 
Jeffery Scott Fenley
 
Michael Frances Harper
 
Joseph Ray Nash
 
Jennifer Alyene Watson
 
Bruce Edward Cohoon
 
Ronald Shane Gray, Jr.
 
Ladryl Dewayne Burns
 
Juan Miguel Diaz
 
Marvin Lopez Sanchez
 
Jonas Dewaun Goodwin
 
Javier Jesus Gonzalez
 
Sherry Jeannine Berwick
 
 
 
 
 
As a result, District Judge LeAnn Kay Rafferty ordered each defendant’s bond be forfeited and that a capias issue for the arrest of each defendant. Each defendant immediately must contact the Court Manager, Karen Warr, 936-598-9928 to schedule a court appearance. 
 
 
 
LeAnn Kay Rafferty 
 
Presiding Judge 
 
123rd Judicial Court 
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting Corrected


 

 

Notice is hereby given the regular scheduled called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas.  If while the meeting, any discussion on items on the Agenda should be held in executive session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
Order of Business
 
1.Call to Order
 
2.Welcome/Prayer/Pledge
 
3.Public Comments
 
4.Discuss and Consider Approving January 22,2018 Minutes. Action
 
5.Discuss and Consider Approving January 2018 Financials.  Action
 
6.Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Presentation- Denise Merriman
 
7.Focused Care At Center Presentation-Hollie Adams
 
8.Piney Woods Sanitation Presentation. 
 
9.Discuss and Consider Christmas Club Fund. Action
 
10.Discuss and Consider Contingency Plan Ordinance Update. Action 
 
11.Discuss and Consider Customer Service Inspection Service Charge. Action
 
12.Discuss and Consider Charge for Water Re-reads. Action 
 
13.Discuss and Consider Approval of Updated Public Utilities Rate Sheet. Action
 
14.Discuss and Consider City Ordinance for Sanitary Easement. Action
 
15.Discuss and Consider Weed Control on Booker T. Washington and Waste Water Treatment Plant. Action
 
16.Discuss and Consider Approval of Tenaha Emergency Plan Committee. Action
 
17.Discuss and Consider Accepting Tenaha City Marshall 2017 Racial Profile Report. Action
 
18.Discuss and Consider Approval of Resolution Authorizing the Sale of a Tract of Land surrounded by Travis Street, E. Railroad Street, Woods Street and N. George Bowers Dr.(AKA) State Hwy 59. Action
1.Closed Session per Texas Government Code Section 551.071, 551.074- Consultation with Attorney 
 
19.Reconvene in Open Session for action on Closed Session Items
 
20.Department Head Reports
 
21.Council Comments
 
22.Adjourn
 
 
 
 

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Total Voters as of this Morning 2-22-18


 

 

 
As of this morning 2-22-18 222 Republicans and 11 Democrats have voted in Shelby County totaling 233 votes.  
 
 
 
 

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Updated County Road Flooded and Washout List:


 

CR 3158 - Partly Washed Out
 
CR 3240 - Partly Washed Out
 
CR 3224 - Partly Washed Out 
 
CR 2335 - Out of Shelbyville is Flooded
 
CR 3267 - Flooded non passable
 
CR 3737 - Flooded non passable
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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CADDO MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE Star Gazing


 

 

 
 
Join us for an evening of night sky stories and exploration.
 
Douglas (Doug) Parsons, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Tyler Junior College, will lead the night sky program at Caddo Mounds SHS. Doug will set up telescopes, but you are also invited to bring your own.
 
The program is free, however regular site admission rates do apply.
 
Meet: Pavilion at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
Bring: Drinking water, binoculars, a lawn chair or blanket, and dress for the weather.                      
       
WHEN: Saturday March 17th .
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
 
WHERE: Caddo Mounds SHS, 1649 State Hwy 21 west, Alto, Texas.  The site is located 6 miles west of Alto, and approximately 30 minutes from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville and Crockett, Texas. Call 936-858-3218 for directions or additional information.
 
BACKGROUND: Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is the remains of a large village and religious center built by a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai more than 1,200 years ago on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. Located along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas, the site presents the culture and customs of the Caddo people through intriguing exhibits, displays and preserved burial and ceremonial mounds. For more information visit www.visitcaddomounds.com.
 
 

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San Augustine Rural Water Boil Water Notice


 

 

 
 
Due to a major break in the line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required San Augustine Rural Public Water System  PWS  #2030007 to notify all customers on FM 353,White Rock Area, and Hwy 21 E , including customers on the Sun Rise Road 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. 
 
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact San Augustine Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489
or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.
 
 

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Today's News 2-22-18


 

 

 

 

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Flags at Half-staff on Friday in Honor of Rev. Billy Graham


 

 

The President of the United States has issued a proclamation ordering the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff until sunset on the day of Billy Graham's interment.
 
His funeral is scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2018.  Flags to be flown at half staff on Friday, March 2 until sundown only.  Not until.
 
 
 
 

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School Weather Information


 

 

As of 6:25 a.m. on 2-23-18. The following schools will have a normal day on 2-23-18.   
 
Center ISD will have school  
 
Shelbyville ISD will have school 
 
Joaquin ISD will have school 
 
Timpson ISD will have school 
 
Tenaha ISD will have school 
 
Garrison ISD will have school 
 
San Augustine ISD will have school 
 
Broaddus ISD will have school 
 
Stay tuned for a update in the morning both on our website, KDET 930 AM and KQBB 100.5 FM our radio stations. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wreck on FM 2974


 

 

 
A crash occurred on FM 2974 on Feburary 20th, 2018 at approximately 11:15 p.m. 
 
A 2015 Kia passenger car was traveling east on FM 2974 when the vehicle drove off the roadway to the right and struck several mailboxes and culverts before overturning. The driver was transported from the scene to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for treatment. 
 
No additional information is available at this time. 
 
 
 
 

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Flooded Road's Reported by SC Sheriff's Office


 

 

 
This in from the Sheriff's office these roads were reported to be flooded as of 11 p.m. last evening 1-21-18. 
 
 
 
138 FM
 
139 FM 7 East
 
1490 CR
 
1440 CR
 
1443 CR
 
1005 CR
 
1024 CR
 
3240 CR
 
3705 CR
 
4350 CR
 
4213 CR
 
 
 

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Update on the Center Shooting


 

 

On Monday February 19, 2018 at approximately 4:37pm Center Police Department Officers, Brian Wright and Andrew Williams were dispatched to 1314 Shelbyville Street trailer # 9 in reference to a man that had been shot.
 
Officers arrived on scene to find 27-year-old Myoe Min deceased from a gunshot wound. JP 1 Melissa Crouch arrived to make the inquest. 
 
The body was sent to Forensic Medical of Texas in Tyler for autopsy and at this time appears to be self-inflicted.
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Commissioners Court met this morning 2-21-18 at the active Shelby County Courthouse Community room.  Judge Allison Harbison opened the meeting with a moment of silence followed by the pledges.  They took the following actions:
 
 
1. They approved and paid weekly expenses.
 
2. They approved and paid the current payroll.
 
3. There were no comments from the public on agenda items, however Ann Blackwell County Treasurer did address the Court about having weekly meeting again to approve paying the bills each week.
 
4. The Court accepted the donation of .67 acres of land situated in the Jesse Amason Survey and located at 514 Nacogdoches Street in Center, Texas.
 
5. They approved the motion to advertised for bids to remodel the bottom floor of the Courthouse Annex.
 
6. They approved the creation of an account to deposit monies related to the operation of the Shelby County Drug Court – including, but not limited to, holding funds from fees, grant monies, and monies designated by the Commissioner’s Court for the operation of the Shelby County Drug Court.  District Attorney Steven Shires will still need to establish a budget in a future meeting.  
 
7. Lastly the Court adjourned.
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 2-21-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jury Duty Cancellation


 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

The front( red and blue hashed line) to our West has gone stationary while the one just to our North and West(Blue line) has slowed and sagged to the South allowing heavy rain to train over the same areas Southwest to Northeast all the way to Canada. Movement is ever so slight to the South and East.  The really cold temps  on the graphic below should go stationary and stop. It is forecast to move back to the North and East. The High pressure system, in the middle of the US has clear skies behind & are allowing the major temperature drops....20's and 30's as far down as Dallas.  Our relatively strong South winds should help push against the cold and keep the cold out of our area.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Timpson Lady Bears Interview:


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

Today - Extended period of heavy rain expected over the IH 30 down to IH 20 corridor from Tyler to the northeast into OK and Ark. 
 
Tomorrow the rainfall shifts to the South & East. Wednesday is the heaviest forecast rain.
 
Thursday morning the rainfall continues its movement to the South and East.
 
Rainfall estimates continue as projected in the late evening advisory issued last evening. As with all T-storms and slow moving fronts, some will catch much higher amounts of rain.  The atmosphere is very moist with the Southerly Gulf air flowing our way and triggering the rain. Our ground is saturated. and we are moving into a continuing wet period with more rain coming thru the next 7 days.
 
Winds and flash flooding are the major threats associated with this event. Low lying areas, Creeks, Tributaries, and Rivers will be apart of the threat due the current ground conditions.
 
Even though we are currently in the lower rainfall forecast area, the NWS feels like the rain area and amounts could be expanded as the event unfolds. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

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Shooting in Center


 

 

 
Yesterday afternoon 2-19-18 in Center, TX there was a shooting that occurred on Shelbyville Street at the Pecan Grove Trailer Park.  A body was taken from the scene by the Mangum Funeral Home more to follow as it is officially released by law enforcement.
 
 
 
 

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Center FD Responds to Barn Fire


 

 

The Center Fire Department is responded to a barn fire on 2-19-18 on hwy 7 about one mile from Center.  More to follow as it is released from the Center Fire Department.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Center Mayor David Chadwick Visits the Golden Harvest Ministries Club


 

 

 

 

At today's 1-19-18 Golden Harvest Ministries Club Meeting the Mayor of the City of Center David Chadwick gave a presentation about the upcoming Little League World Series that will be hosted here in Center, TX.  The event will be held this summer July 20th - 23rd. 
 
 
There will be around 40 teams which will be around 750 players and coaches together.  There is expected to around 1,400 addition family members coming with the players.  This year there will be many ways one can get involved with the tournament you can even be host family for a team.  There will be different activities the first day for visitors to do including tug-o-war and many other physical activities, with the evening ending with a fireworks show to kick-off the tournament. 
 
The John D. Windham Civic Center will serve as a hub for the visitors and our local hotels are already preparing for the event.  Tune in to Center Radio KDET 930 AM and KQBB 100.5 FM tomorrow morning 2-20-18, to hear David Chadwick Mayor of Center give us the details about the event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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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 20th day of February, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 

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Wallace Chapel Baptist Church Schedule


 

 
Pastor and Wife Appreciation Day service March 11th at 3 p.m.
 
Family and Friends Day April 1st at 3 p.m.
 
Men and Women Day May 2nd at 3 p.m.
 
Homecoming July 1st at 11 a.m.
 
Annual Revival Monday Night July 2nd at 7:30 p.m.
 
Annual Revival Tuesday Night at July 3rd 7:30 p.m.
 
Annual Revival Thursday Night July 5th at 7:30 p.m.
 
Church Anniversary at 3 p.m.
 
Youth Revival October 22-24 at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 21st day of February, 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. Approve and pay current payroll.
 
3. Public Comments on the Agenda.
 
4. Accept the donation of .67 acres of land situated in the Jesse Amason Survey and located at 514 Nacogdoches Street in Center, Texas.
 
5. Advertise for bids to remodel the bottom floor of the Courthouse Annex.
 
6. Approve the creation of an account to deposit monies related to the operation of the Shelby County Drug Court – including, but not limited to, holding funds from fees, grant monies, and monies designated by the Commissioner’s Court for the operation of the Shelby County Drug Court.
 
7. Adjourn.
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

We will see very warm mid to upper 70's and high humidity this week.
 
The NWS issued an advisory for heavy rain over the next 5-7 days due to slow moving or stalling fronts & strong Southerly winds bringing lots of very warm, moisture laden Gulf winds.
 
No severe weather is expected at this time. Movement will take its usual track mostly from our Southwest to our North East and on into the normal heavy weather area North of IH 20 from Tyler and Northward into far NE Texas, North West LA, Southern Oklahoma, and Southwest Arkansas.
 
 
 
 

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Interview with Senator Nichols


 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 
 
The Shelby County Commissioners Court held a special meeting on 2-15-18 at 2 p.m. at the active Shelby County Court House here are the results:
 
1. The Court approved and paid weekly expenses.
 
2. They discussed and approved establishing a Shelby County Drug Court.
 
3. They discussed and approved the Shelby County Drug Court Policies and Procedures.
 
4. They discussed and approved the resolution for a Drug Court Grant.
 
5. Lastly the Court adjourned at 2:29 p.m.
 
 
 

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Corrected Early Voting and Primary Information


 

 

NOTICE FOR EARLY VOTING ON SATURDAY AND/OR SUNDAY
AND EXTENDED HOURS
 
(AVISO PARA LA VOTACIÓN TEMPRANA EN SÁBADO Y/O DOMINGO
Y HORARIO EXTENDIDO)
 
For the Shelby County Primary Elections to be held on March 6, 2018, additional early voting will be held as follows:
 
(Para las Elecciones Primarias del Condado de Shelby que se celebrarán el 6 de marzo de 2018, se llevará a cabo una votación anticipada adicional de la siguiente manera:)
 
 
Shelby County Clerk’s Office Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 10:00 A –2:00 PM
124 Austin Street, Center, Texas
 
Shelby County Clerk’s Office   Sunday, February 25th, 2018, 12:00 Noon–4:00 PM
124 Austin Street, Center, Texas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sheriff's Office Seeking Information in Regards to a Fire


 

 

On February 8, 2018 at approximately 4 a.m., the Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 8185 CR 2115 in Shelbyville. This residence is at the corner of 87 South and CR 2115.
 
Upon arrival, fire crews found the single story structure and a passenger car fully involved. At the time of the fire, the residence was unoccupied and had no utilities hooked up.
 
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this suspicious fire. If you have any information regarding this fire or if you have seen anyone at the residence in the days prior to this incident, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5601.
 
 

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Timpson Meet the Candidates


 

 

Timpson Texas in Shelby County will be holding a meet the candidates hosted by Timpson Volunteer Fire Department in the Fire Hall downtown Timpson Saturday, March 3rd at 3PM.
 
We invite candidates to attend that will be running in our election polls to meet the voters and speak. Because this is held in a public building we will ask for a $10 donation from each candidate.
 
Our VFD will be serving meals of chicken spaghetti, drink, dessert to raise money. Meals will be $10 each. Donations towards The Timpson Voluntary Fire Department will also be appreciated. Everyone is welcomed.
 

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Thompson Brothers Interview:


 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday February 20, 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- Administrative and Election 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.Discussion & Council Action on appointment of 2(two) twelve hour early voting days April 25th & 26th , 2018 (Sec. 85.005(d).
8.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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Free Commercial Give-A-Way Contest Winner


 

 
Congratulations to our free commercial give-a-away contest winner Ms. Denise Cox of NAPA Toledo Automotive in Center, TX.  She entered the contest and won 50 free commercials for the NAPA Toledo Automotive store.    
 
 
Denise Cox & Jasen Watlington 
 
 
 

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Coach David Benbow Interview


 

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Center ISD Update


 

 

FLAG PROGRAM ALERT!   Center ISD is taking proactive measures to disinfect and deep clean all district buildings and buses to support the positive health of students and staff.  The district is closed until Tuesday, February 20th; staff and students will not be on campus while the cleaning process is occurring.  
 
As a result, the flag teams will not be able to put out flags for the upcoming President's Day holiday.  We appreciate the community's support of the Flags to Fight Hunger program and know our community partners understand the circumstances.  All participants in the program will have an additional holiday added to the rotation in light of this inconvenience.  Thank you for your understanding as we work together to make Center ISD a safe environment for learning.
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 21st day of February, 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. Approve and pay current payroll.
 
3. Public Comments on the Agenda.
 
4. Accept the donation of .67 acres of land situated in the Jesse Amason Survey and located at 514 Nacogdoches Street in Center, Texas.
 
5. Advertise for bids to remodel the bottom floor of the Courthouse Annex.
 
6. Approve the creation of an account to deposit monies related to the operation of the Shelby County Drug Court – including, but not limited to, holding funds from fees, grant monies, and monies designated by the Commissioner’s Court for the operation of the Shelby County Drug Court.
 
7. Adjourn.
 
 
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

The NWS briefing this morning established my current mood. I want more SUN! Just not going to happen any time soon.
 
Any colder temps associated will be due to the rain and it will NOT have any real COLD associated with the front. 59/49 for Saturday's temps. Then back into the 70's due to a return of Gulf winds and humidity. 
 
Only "DRY AIR" heats and cools efficiently.
 
 
 

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Shelbyville's New Athletic Director Coach Benbow will be on our Stations


 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Robert Nichols visits Center Broadcasting Company


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today 2-15-18 Senator Robert Nichols visited Center Broadcasting Company in Center, Texas.  Look foward to the full interview with him later in the week we will have it posted in a few days as it will take awhile to upload. 

 

Senator Nichols main concern is education and as part of his effort to learn the needs of our schools he personally visits all 101 schools in this government district.  

 

 

 

 

 

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VFW USS Maine Memorial Ceremony


 

 

 
On 2-15-18 the local VFW Post 8904 and the Women's Auxillary hosted a wreath laying ceremony in honor of all the brave American's who lost their lives on board the USS Maine as it sank so long ago.  Though it was far in the past let us never forget the freedom we have is not free and comes at the price of the blood and lives of our service men and women. 
 
Center Broadcasting Company live streamed the event and we will continue to do so for future VFW events signal permitting to our facebook page KQBB Realy County on Facebook.  Below is the video of the ceremony.  
 
God bless all our veterans - Justin Mott
 
 
 

 

 

 
 

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Senator Robert Nichols Visits Mission Dolores


 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday 2-14-18 Center Broadcasting Company attended the meet and greet of Senator Robert Nichols at the Mission Dolores state historic site in San Augustine, TX.  Senator Robert Nichols has been a supporter of the Mission Dolores in San Augustine.  The meet and greet began at 1:30 p.m. and the Senator visited with a group of people.  Below is a video interview with Senator Robert Nichols. 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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VFW TO OBSERVE THE SINKING OF THE USS MAINE


 

 

The Spanish-American War lasted a little less than four months, April 21st – August 13th, 1898 and ended Spain’s worldwide empire.  It ended with America easily defeating Spain and signaled the United States emergence as a world power.  The blowing up of the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor on February 15th, 1898 with the loss of 266 crewmen and marines in essence was the start of the war.
 
The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898 which established the independence of Cuba gave Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States and allowed the US to purchase the Philippines Islands from Spain for $20 million.  The brief war cost the United States $250 million and 3,000 lives of which 90% perished from yellow and typhoid fever and other infectious diseases.
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars traces its roots back to these veterans who founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service.  There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.  These formed organizations would become what is now known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
 
In observance of the sacrifices made by the Veterans of the Spanish American War and those who died aboard the USS Maine, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Auxiliary will conduct a wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  As always the public is invited.  Call Larry Hume, 598-2976 for more information.
 
 

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Today's News 2-15-18


 

 

 

 

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Bounds Insurance Wins Sales Award


 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Chamber Meeting


 

 

The next San Augustine Chamber membership meeting will be Tuesday, February 20th at noon.  Please come join them at the San Augustine Chamber.
 
 
 
 

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TxDOT Update


 

 

 
LUFKIN – The Texas Department of Transportation, the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, Stephen F. Austin State University and the Angelina College Procurement Assistance Center are sponsoring an event to encourage and highlight upcoming subcontracting opportunities for highway and building construction in East Texas.
 
The event, Projects Adding Value by Expanding Diversity (PAVED), will be held at Angelina College on Feb. 22 from 3:30 to 6 pm in the Community Services Building, CS 104.
 
PAVED is an initiative developed by TxDOT’s Civil Rights Division to increase Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation in heavy highway construction projects. PAVED targets specific project opportunities in various areas of the state and focuses events on each of these projects. Those attending will not only learn about these projects, but will also have the opportunity to network with prime contractors.
 
Lufkin District projects will be highlighted including the widening of US 69 South from FM 844 to FM 1270 in Angelina County. Other PAVED events are scheduled across the state in coming months. Those wanting to participate are encouraged to register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TxDOTPAVED.
 

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Alumacraft Boat Raffle at TAKF


 

 

 
The Shelbyville Lion's Club is holding a fundraiser to benefit the club's scholarship program.
 
This year the club is offering a 2018 model Alumacraft- MV1756 AW SC boat, provided by Hometown Marine in Center.  Included with the boat is a 2018 Yamaha F40 LA motor, 2018 Diamond City Galvanized trailer, Spary-in liner, Minnkota Trolling motor 5516 12v, Hummingbird Helix 5 Depth Finder, and two Interstat batteries.
 
These tickets are available for $50 each and only 600 tickets will be sold.  The winner of the boat will be responsible for TTL.
 
Also being given away will be a Savage Axis II, with scope, donated by Scott Massey and a Youth Rossi 410, donated by Steve Tinkle, along with a 120 quart Igloo cooler, donated by Fastenal.
 
The drawing will be held on May 12, 2018 during the Center Broadcasting Company Take a Kid Fishing tournament held at Huxley Bay.  The first ticket drawn wins the boat.  
 
To purchase tickets, call Daphne at 936-598-6302.
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 2-14-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 2-14-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

Clouds, no Sun, rain, and warmer* *temps* as reflected in the graphic below for the next week.
 
 
 
 
 
Happy Valentine's Day from Tom Johnson.  
 
 

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TX Tractor Supply Stores Hosting FFA Fundraiser


 

 
This month, Tractor Supply Company stores in TX will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for TX FFA chapters. Donations will fund the Grants for Growing program, designed to support FFA chapters that want to create or expand upon a unique, sustainable agricultural project.
 
This fundraiser is a great way to boost Center FFA chapters that are striving to make a difference in your community.
 
 
Feb. 13, 2018 – This month, Tractor Supply Company stores in TX will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in their community.
 
Coinciding with National FFA Week (Feb. 17-24), Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at checkout Feb. 16-25 while shopping in-store, online at www.tractorsupply.com or by calling Customer Solutions at (877) 718-6750. Donations will fund the national Grants for Growing program, supporting FFA chapters in TX that are making a difference in their communities through unique and sustainable agricultural projects. The program is coordinated through a partnership with the National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply, the country’s largest rural lifestyle retailer. 
 
“Through the generosity and assistance of our customers and team members, we are honored to support local FFA chapters across the country through our Grants for Growing program,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “This initiative not only allows us to invest in the next generation of agricultural leaders, but also the future of agricultural education.”
 
Since its start in 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $1.4 million for the National FFA Organization. The initiative has funded a total of 692 grants supporting projects involving more than 69,000 students. 
 
Notable 2017 grant recipients include the Hart County FFA growing and tending to a hydroponic vegetable garden and the creation of an “Agriculture Day” by the King City FFA. During this day, sixth graders were given the opportunity to learn more about technology in agriculture, inspiring the next generation of our country’s leaders to pursue their interests in all things agriculture. 
 
Earlier this year, FFA chapters submitted applications detailing how they will start or expand on a project that will benefit their communities as well as both current and future FFA students. Funds have been requested to purchase vegetation, trees, seed, chickens, feed, mulch and tools for projects ranging from greenhouses to aquaculture labs. 
 
Grants, awarded to winning FFA chapter initiatives in the spring, have a minimum value of $500 and a maximum value of $5,000. All donations remain within the state in which they were raised. 
 
For more details about the program, visit www.ffa.org/grantsforgrowing
 
 
About National FFA Organization
 
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
 
About National FFA Foundation
 
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.
 
 
 
 

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The History of Valentine's Day


 

Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
 
Martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14 are presented in martyrologies, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome's imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire.  According to legend, during his imprisonment Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell.
 
The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine's Malady). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
 
Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church. Many parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrate Saint Valentine's Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).
 
 

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Meet The Candidates - Tuesday 6:00 PM- Watch Live From Civic Center


 

 

Shelby County Republican Party

       Meet The Candidates

Live on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

  6:00 p.m. Windham Civic Center

 

 

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Center ISD to Close All Campuses Due to Flu and a Confirmed Case of Viral Meningitis at the F.L. Moffett Campus


February 13, 2018 We have been notified of a confirmed case of viral meningitis at the FLM campus. As a result, we are taking immediate and swift action to disinfect the entire FLM campus.

Furthermore, we are seeing and experiencing a large number of flu or flu-like illnesses across the district. The presence of the illnesses are lingering, persistent, and growing both in our student body and faculty. As such, Center ISD will take proactive measures to disinfect and deep clean all district buildings and buses thoroughly. 

Therefore, Center ISD will close all campuses Wednesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 15. Both Friday and Monday are student holidays. As such, students will return to school on Tuesday, February 20. In this case, makeup days will not be necessary. 

Other than FLM, the campus offices will be open until noon tomorrow. We sincerely apologize for the short notice.

Respectfully, 
James Hockenberry Superintendent, Center ISD 

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Evening News 2-13-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Hires New Athletic Director


 

 

At last night's 2-12-18 Shelbyville School Board meeting they appointed David Benbow as the new Athletic Director.
 
 
 
 
 

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Center Coach Harrison - The Center Roughrider Boys Basketball Team are #1 in District


 

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Weather Update


 

 

Wednesday - 48 degree start with AM FOG. cloudy skies and a high of 69 degrees. South winds 10-12 mph
 
Thursday - Cloudy and 75 degrees with some sprinkles from the passing clouds.
 
Friday - starts off at 61 degrees....66 Hi with some showers by 2 pm North wind at 10
 
Saturday - 41 start toward a high of 53. showers with 1/4 inch possible. N wind at 10 mph
 
Sunday - 70 high with overcast skies South winds at 10 mph
 
M-T-E - Clouds, rain, S winds 10-15 mid 60's for highs. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 15th day of February, 2018 at 2:00 pm 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 establishing a Shelby County Drug Court.
 
3.Discuss and possibly approve a Shelby County Drug Court Policies and Procedures.
 
4.Discuss and possibly approve the Resolution for a Drug Court Grant.
 
5.Adjourn.
 
 

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Today's News 2-13-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center FD Responds to Structure Fire - UPDATED


 

 

On 2-12-18 at approximately 7:08 a.m the Center Fire Department  responded to house fire on 4651 FM 711 in the Jericho community assisting the West Shelby County Fire Department.  Upon arrival the Center Fire Department found the home to be fulled engulfed in flames. 
 
The home belonging to Brian Horton was a total loss, after putting out the fire the Center Fire Department returned to the station at 10:15 a.m.  
 
Donations to help the family are being taken at Elite Hair Design in Center, Texas.
 
If you would like to donate clothes their sizes are listed below:
 
Keithan: 
Size 12
Youth medium 
 
Kage: 
Youth small 
Size 7-8
 
Kendon: 
3-6 or 6-9 month 
Nutramigen 
 
Brian:
33x34 pants 
Size large shirts 
 
Rena: 
36 b or c 
Medium shirt and leggings 
9 jean 
 
Brian 11 shoe
Rena 8.5 shoe 
Keithan 6 shoe
Kage 1 shoe 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Senator Robert Nichols to Visit Mission Dolores


 

 

Senator Robert Nichols will host a special “Meet and Greet” at Mission Dolores on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.  This welcoming, non-political event is Senator Nichols’ way of being attuned to the concerns, thoughts, needs, and wishes of his constituents in San Augustine County.  At the same time, he will share with all present the current happenings of interest and importance at the state level.  Mark your calendars, and plan to attend this brief visit with our State Senator Robert Nichols!
 
 
 

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Evening News 2-12-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 
 
 
The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met on Monday February 12th, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Court House.  Justin Mott New Director with Center Broadcasting said the opening prayer and Judge Allison Harbison lead everyone in the pledges.  The court took the following actions:
 
 
1. They approved the minutes of the January 8, 2018 Regular meeting, January 10, 2018 Special meeting, January 22, 2018 Special meeting, January 24, 2018 Special meeting.
 
2. The court approved and paid weekly expenses.
 
3. They approved the Officers Report.
 
4. No one had any public comments to make.
 
5. They discussed and approved Pct. 3 Commissioner to close County Road 3120.
 
6. They discussed and approved changing the two Regular meeting days for Commissioners’ Court to correspond with payroll week.  This will take effect on February 21st, 2018.  
 
7. They discussed and approved Resolution of Annual Review of County Investment Policy.
 
8. They discussed and approved Resolution to Designate a County Investment Officer.  They appointed Ann Blackwell County Treasurer as the County Investment Officer.
 
9. They recognized completion of required continuing education for Ann Blackwell, County Treasurer as County Investment Officer.
 
10. They recognized completion of required continuing education for Jennifer Fountain, County Clerk.
 
11. Steven Shires District Attorney and Deck Jones Drug Court Defense Lawyer presented information to the Court about getting a Drug Court offically funded for Shelby County, this item was not on the agenda. 
 
 
12. Lastly the court adjourned.
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 2-12-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

The NWS has extended and widened the winter advisory area. DOES NOT include San Augustine County, but does include Shelby, Nacogdoches, and Angelina Counties to our West and North... And North into Oklahoma, Arkansas, and over toward Shreveport. We will get the cold and have been near 33-34 degrees all day. We are sitting at 33.9 as of 5:19 pm today with a wind chill in the lower 30's at times. The clouds should form a blanket effect over us and hold our temperatures in this range. 
 
Keep up with the weather on your favorite source as this could change. Graphic 1 below shows the advisory area in WHITE.
 
 
 

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TWO MEN ARRESTED STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERED


 

 

 
(Nacogdoches Tx) Two men are in custody and a large amount of stolen property has been recovered after officers executed a search warrant late Wednesday.
 
Nacogdoches Police Detectives, assisted by officers from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office and the Lufkin Police Department executed a search warrant at a remote location in Cherokee County. Officers located a large amount of stolen property to include tools and a one ton truck. The tools and truck were reported stolen in a burglary at Ace Fence Company in Nacogdoches earlier this week.
 
Daniel Lee Mettlen, age 43 of Pollock is charged with Felony Theft and has a Parole revocation warrant. Larry Gordon Mettlen, age 57 of Wells is charged with Felony Theft. They were arrested last night in Cherokee County. Both are being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail.
 
Detectives continue to investigate this case and more property recovery and arrests are possible.
 

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Weather Update


 

 

Some light icing will be possible across portions of our region tonight//Sunday morning.  Mostly to our West and North as shown in the graphic below. We will feel the chilly weather once again thru Monday mid day. Not the winter stuff.     
 
Sunday am low of 38 with North wind 10-12 mph wind chill 33. high 49
 
Monday am low 37 with North wind 8-10 mph wind chill of 34. high 54 
 
 
Timing and Overview:
 
Temperatures near or just below freezing will work into portions of Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, and Southwest Arkansas tonight, as light rain and drizzle redevelop. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from midnight tonight through 10 am Sunday morning.
 
Expected Accumulations:  Light glaze (only a few hundredths of an inch)
 
Impacts:  Light icing on elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses may cause hazardous driving conditions. 
 
 
 
 

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N.E.W Water Supply Boil Water Notice Lifted


 

 

The water on N.E.W. WSC no longer requires boiling.
 
 
On February 7, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the N.E.W.Water Supply, #2030034, 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.
 
N.E.W.Water Supply has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes. We have also provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of February 10, 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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Today's News 2-9-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

The NWS and the Storm Prediction Center says there is 1 more rain/freezing drizzle event this weekend. The included area is just North of Center up into OKLA/Northern LA and Southern Ark. Keep tuned to your favorite weather sources as this storm is just developing.
 
FOR US:
 
 
Today - High of 63 degrees. 40% rain chance late & 1/4-1/2 inch of rain showers with that chance.
 
Saturday - 59 start 67 High. 1/2 inch of rain. May hear a rumble of thunder also. North winds begin to blow late 8-10 mph.
 
Sunday - 48 start with a cool 51 degree hi. Shower likely N winds 10/12 mph
 
Monday - start at 37 degrees with a wind chill in the low 30's. Heads to a 51 degree high with mostly coldly skies and winds still at 6-8 mph
 
The rest of the week will be returning to mid to upper 60's for highs and mostly cloudy skies.
 
 
 
 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

 

 
 
The Center City Council will meet on Monday, Feburary 12th at 5 p.m. in the Council Room at Center City Hall.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Marty Haggard Visits Center, Texas


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night 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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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing Body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 12th day of February, 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 minutes of the January 8, 2018 Regular meeting, January 10, 2018 Special meeting, January 22, 2018 Special meeting, January 24, 2018 Special meeting.
 
2. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
 
3. Approve Officers Report.
 
4. Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
5. Discuss and possibly approve Pct. 3 Commissioner to close County Road 3120.
 
6. Discuss and possibly approve changing the two Regular meeting days for Commissioners’ Court to correspond with payroll week.
 
7. Discuss and possibly approve Resolution of Annual Review of County Investment Policy.
 
8.Discuss and possibly approve Resolution to Designate County Investment Officer.
 
9. Recognize completion of required continuing education for Ann Blackwell, County Treasurer as County Investment Officer.
 
10. Recognize completion of required continuing education for Jennifer Fountain, County Clerk.
 
11. Adjourn.
 
 
 

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Evening News 2-8-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville School Board Meeting


 

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, February 12, 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.Public Meeting for District Annual Performance Report for 2016-17
 
 
5.Consent agenda 
a.Minutes of the January 8, January 29, January 30, January 31, 2018 meetings of the board
b.Monthly financial reports
6.Consider for Approval
a.Call for School Board Election
b.School Board Election Judge and Alternate
c.Changing Date/Time for March Board Meeting
d.4H Resolution
e.District of Innovation Resolution
 
7.Public Meeting for Consideration of District of Innovation
 
8.Consider for Approval
a.Appointing Committee to Develop District of Innovation Plan
 
9.Principal’s/Director’s Reports
a.Campus events
b.Recognition of Staff and/or Students
 
10.Superintendent’s Reports
a.2018-19 and 2019-20 UIL District Realignment
b.Articles of Interest
c.General Updates
 
11.Executive Session
a.Consider employment of Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
b.Resignations/Employment
c.Personnel
 
12.Adjournment
 
 
 
 

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N.E.W. Water Supply Boil Water Notice


 

 

Effective February 7, 2018
Until further notice
 
 
Due to a break in a 6 inch main line at Plant 1, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation  PWS  # 2030034 to notify all customers in Precinct 2, including Harmony Community, Fountain Town, Woodlands Acres and surrounding areas. Customers are 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 N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation  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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City of Tenaha Marshal's Office Locates Stolen Property


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wreck in Timpson


 

 

 

 

On Monday 2-5-18 the Timpson VFD responded to a two car accident at 12 pm on 59 South in front of the Woodland Church.  A Toyota Camry traveling south was struck by a Hyundai Sonata.  The driver of the Sonata was trying to turn around in the median to turn back north.  The driver and passenger of the Camry were taken by ambulance to local E.R.  There were no serious injuries reported.  Both cars had to be towed.

 

 

 

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Timpson School Closed Due to Sickness


 

 

School Release – Due to illness, Timpson ISD will be closed Thursday and Friday, February 8th & 9th.  Classes will resume on regular schedule Tuesday, February 13th.  On the school calendar February 26th is indicated as a Remediation Day.  That day (Feb. 26th) will be a regular school day.

 

 

 
 

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Evening News 2-7-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
At today's 2-7-18 Shelby County Commissioners' Court meeting they meet at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:
 
1. The court approved and paid weekly expenses.
 
2. The court approved the current payroll.
 
3. They took notice of the Shelby County Community Supervision and Corrections Department meeting scheduled for February 15, 2018.
 
4. They took record of the Racial Profiling Report for Shelby County Constable Pct. 3.
 
5. Lastly the court adjourned. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Texas Commission Approves SWEPCO Rate Increase


 

 

 
 
SHREVEPORT, La., Feb. 5, 2018 – The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has approved a base rate increase for Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP).
 
The PUCT approved the increase in base rates to recover the costs of installing additional environmental controls at four major power plants, along with other generation, transmission, and distribution-related investments and operating costs. 
 
The bill for a Texas residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) will increase approximately $8.59 per month, or 8.9 percent. This increase will begin with bills issued Feb. 5.
 
By Texas law, new rates are retroactive to May 20, 2017. A surcharge to collect the retroactive amounts will begin at a date to be determined by the PUCT. For residential customers, the surcharge is expected to be approximately $7.70 per month, or 7.9 percent, for an estimated 10 months.
 
“SWEPCO invested nearly $700 million in additional environmental controls so that four of our major power plants could meet stringent federal mandates,” said SWEPCO President and Chief Operating Officer Venita McCellon-Allen. “The retrofit projects were necessary for SWEPCO to continue providing reliable 24/7 power to our customers from a diverse energy resource mix,” McCellon-Allen said.
 
“We work hard to balance the need to make investments with the need to manage our costs because we recognize the impact that price increases can have on individuals, families and businesses,” McCellon-Allen said. “SWEPCO’s goal is always to serve Texas customers with a strong electric system that provides reliable, safe and affordable energy.”
 
SWEPCO completed major environmental retrofit projects at Welsh Power Plant Units 1 and 3 in Pittsburg, Texas; Pirkey Power Plant in Hallsville, Texas; Dolet Hills Power Plant in Mansfield, La.; and Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry, Ark.  
 
The PUCT decision, issued in a Jan. 11, 2018 final order, grants SWEPCO an annual base rate increase of $50 million.
 
Base rates refer to the costs of building, maintaining and operating SWEPCO’s electric system, including power plants, transmission and distribution lines, and facilities to serve customers. Base rates do not include the fuel portion of the customer’s bill, which pays for fuel and purchased power and is passed through to customers with no profit to the company.
 
SWEPCO serves 532,000 customers, including 184,300 in northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle, 230,300 in northwest and central Louisiana, and 117,400 in western Arkansas. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at SWEPCO.com. SWEPCO is an American Electric Power (AEP) company. AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.
 
 
 

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Center Walmart Donates 228 Cans of Tennis Balls to CHS Tennis Program


 

 

Thank you, Center Walmart and Walmart manager Stephen Page for the donation of 228 cans of tennis balls to future Center ISD tennis events.
 
Center will play host to approximately 30 schools combined this spring for its JV (3/6), Varsity (3/29), and Middle School (4/7) tournaments. 
 
This donation will drastically reduce the cost of holding these tournaments as well as benefit all of the Center tennis programs at the conclusion of these events.  The used tournament balls will be put to good use on the practice courts.
 
Thank you, Walmart, and Go Riders!!!
 
 
 

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Blane Agnew Interview


 

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The short film, "Pleonexia," created by CHS junior Blane Agnew, has been picked as an official selection of The Nacogdoches Film Festival. There were many high school films submitted and his film was picked as one of the 8 short films and 1 feature film to be screened. They will announce the 1st place winner on Saturday, February 25th.
 
The short films will be screened twice on Saturday February 25, 2017 between 10 am and 1 pm in the Cole Art Center and between 1 pm and 4pm at the Upstage Theatre of Stephen F. Austin State University.  
 
Several CHS film students will be attending the festival on that day to see guest speakers from the professional film industry and have a chance to participate in panel sessions. 
 
Special thanks to UIL Film Coach Adam Ramirez and UIL Coordinator Doug Moore. 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 2-6-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Texas Treasure Cultural Heritage Festival


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

- Tuesday - A cooler 50 degree start with a continuation of the Monday
   evening rain associated with a possible early morning T-storm. 1/4 inch and
   more under one of the T-storms. 60 degree high. NE winds at 10mph
   - Wednesday - 46 start/50 Hi. Rain continues with 1/3 ". Winds from the
   NE at 10-12 mph with higher gusts possible.
   - Thursday - pretty cold start at 34 degrees and a wind chill of 30 very
   wet, cold degrees. Hi of 60 with the PM sun breaking out.
   - Friday - 42/63 with clouds and rain returns in the PM hours
   - Saturday - 54/66 with showers off and on all day. PM rain 1/2 "
   - Rain looks to continue thru mid week next week with another 1" falling
 
Oh, Yeah, did I mention to you it will be HUMID?  Yep! Pushing 100% all
during the 10 day period. Great cure for the dry and itchy skin!
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 2-5-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Property Taxes on Farms and Ranches Could Be Reduced with Productivity Appraisal


 

 
Texas farmers and ranchers can be granted property tax relief on their land. They may apply to the Shelby County Appraisal District for agricultural productivity appraisal and for a lower appraisal of their land based on how much they produce, versus what their land would sell for on the open market.
 
The Texas Constitution authorizes two types of agricultural productivity appraisals, 1-d- 1 and 1-d, named after the section in which they were authorized. For 1-d-1 appraisal, property owners must use the land for agriculture or timber and the land’s use must meet the degree of intensity generally accepted in the area. Owners must also show that the land was used for this purpose at least five of the preceding seven years. 1-d-1 appraisal does not restrict ownership to individuals and does not require agriculture to be the owner’s primary business. Most land owners apply for the 1-d-1 appraisal.
 
Under 1-d appraisal, the land must have been used for this purpose at least three years and the owner must be an individual versus a corporation, partnership, agency or organization. The land must also be the owner’s primary source of income.
 
Penalties in the form of a rollback tax, or the difference between the taxes paid under productivity appraisal and the taxes that would have been paid if the land had been put on the tax roll at market value, will be imposed if qualified land is taken out of agriculture or timber production.
 
A rollback tax occurs when a land owner switches the land’s use to non-agricultural. These rollback taxes under 1-d-1 are based on the five tax years preceding the year of change. Under 1-d appraisal, the rollback extends back for three years.
 
Texas law allows farmers and ranchers to use land for wildlife management and still receive the special appraisal, but the land must be qualified for agriculture use in the preceding year. Land under wildlife management must also meet acreage size requirements and special use qualifications.
 
The deadline to apply for productivity appraisal is April 30. If the last day for the performance of an act is a Saturday, Sunday or legal state or national holiday, the act is timely if performed on the next regular business day. Owners of land qualified as 1-d must file a new application every year. Owners of land qualified as 1-d-1 need not file again in later years unless the chief appraiser requests a new application.
 
For more information about productivity appraisal and application forms, contact the Shelby County Appraisal District at (936) 598-6171.  Information is also available on the state Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website at comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/.
 
 

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Comptroller's Office Encourages Homeowners to Take Advantage of Homestead Exemptions


 

 

 
 
One of the easiest ways a homeowner can lower his or her property tax bill is to file a homestead exemption. A homestead is generally the house and land used as the owner’s principal residence on Jan. 1 of the tax year.
 
Homestead exemptions reduce the appraised value of your home and, as a result, lower your property taxes. To apply for an exemption on your residence homestead, contact the Shelby County Appraisal District.
 
Available homestead exemptions include:
 
School taxes: All homeowners may receive a $25,000 homestead exemption for school taxes.
 
County taxes: If a county collects a special tax for farm-to-market roads or flood control, a homeowner may receive a $3,000 homestead exemption for this tax.
 
Age and disability exemptions: Individuals 65 or older or disabled as defined by law may qualify for a $10,000 homestead exemption for school taxes, in addition to the $25,000 exemption available to all homeowners. Also, any taxing unit may offer a local optional exemption of at least $3,000 for taxpayers age 65 or older and/or disabled. Older or disabled homeowners do not need to own their homes on Jan. 1 to qualify for the $10,000 homestead exemption. They qualify as soon as they turn age 65 or become disabled.
 
Taxing units may offer a local option exemption based on a percentage of a home's appraised value. Any taxing unit can exempt up to 20 percent of the value of each qualified homestead. No matter what percentage of value the taxing unit adopts, the dollar value of the exemption must be at least $5,000.
 
Partial exemption for disabled veterans: Texas 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 or not more than 50 percent of the good faith estimate of the homestead’s market value to the disabled veterans and their surviving spouses. The exemption amount is determined according to the percentage of service-connected disability.
 
100 Percent Residence Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veterans: A disabled veteran who receives 100 percent disability compensation due to a service-connected disability and a rating of 100 percent disabled or of individual unemployability from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is entitled to an exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of the veteran's residence homestead. Surviving spouses of veterans who qualified for this exemption or who would have qualified for this exemption if it had been in effect at the time of the veteran’s death are also eligible with certain restrictions. The residence homestead application must be filed if this exemption is claimed.
 
 
Surviving Spouses of Members of the U.S. Armed Services Killed in Action: The surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed services who is killed in action is allowed a total (100 percent) property tax exemption on his or her residence homestead if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the armed services member.
 
Surviving Spouses of First Responders Killed in the Line of Duty: The eligible surviving spouse of a first responder killed in the line of duty is allowed a total (100 percent) property tax exemption on his or her residence homestead if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the first responder.
 
For more details on homestead exemptions, contact the Shelby County Appraisal District at (936) 598-6171. The homestead exemption application is available online at comptroller.texas.gov/forms/50-114.pdf.
 
 

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Disabled Veterans May Qualify to Have Some or All of Their Property Taxes Waived


 

 

 
Veterans with a service connected disability are encouraged to file an exemption application form to have their property taxes lowered. Some veterans may even qualify for a 100 percent exemption of their taxes.
 
Texas law provides partial exemptions for any property owned by veterans who are disabled, surviving spouses and surviving children of deceased disabled veterans. An applicant may claim an exemption on only one piece of property the applicant owned on Jan. 1. The applicant must be a Texas resident to qualify for a homestead exemption.
 
The other partial exemption is for homesteads donated to disabled veterans by charitable organizations at no cost or not more than 50 percent of the good faith estimate of the homestead’s market value to the disabled veterans and their surviving spouses.
 
The exemption amount is determined according to the percentage of service-connected disability.
 
A disabled veteran who receives 100 percent disability compensation due to a service- connected disability and a rating of 100 percent disabled or individual unemployability from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is entitled to an exemption from taxation of the appraised value of the veteran’s residence homestead. Surviving spouses of veterans who qualified for this exemption or who would have qualified for this exemption if it had been in effect at the time of the veteran’s death are also eligible with certain restrictions.
 
The surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed services who is killed in action is allowed a total (100 percent) property tax exemption on his or her residence homestead if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the armed services member.  Any eligible person who has not previously received an exemption should file an exemption application by April 30.
 
For more information about property tax exemptions for disabled veterans and their surviving spouses or to file an exemption, contact the Shelby County Appraisal District at (936) 598-6171. More information is also available on the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website at comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/.
 
 
 
 

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CHS Student Film to be Screened at SFA


 

 

The short film, "Pleonexia," created by CHS junior Blane Agnew, has been picked as an official selection of The Nacogdoches Film Festival. There were many high school films submitted and his film was picked as one of the 8 short films and 1 feature film to be screened. They will announce the 1st place winner on Saturday, February 25th.
 
The short films will be screened twice on Saturday February 25, 2017 between 10 am and 1 pm in the Cole Art Center and between 1 pm and 4pm at the Upstage Theatre of Stephen F. Austin State University.  
 
Several CHS film students will be attending the festival on that day to see guest speakers from the professional film industry and have a chance to participate in panel sessions. 
 
Special thanks to UIL Film Coach Adam Ramirez and UIL Coordinator Doug Moore. 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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Super Bowl Scores


 

 
Eagles 41
 
New England 33
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 2-5-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 7th day of February, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the Community room 2nd floor at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
 
2. Approve current payroll.
 
3. Notice of Shelby County Community Supervision and Corrections Department meeting 
February 15, 2018.
 
4. Record Racial Profiling Report for Shelby County Constable Pct. 3.
 
5. Adjourn. 
 
 

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WORK CONTINUES ON WIDENING PROJECT SOUTH OF HUNTINGTON


 

 

LUFKIN – Crews are in full work mode on US 69 South on a construction project to widen the roadway. Work is scheduled next week to cement treat the subgrade from the Huntington city limits to FM 844. The project will widen the roadway from two lanes to a four-lane highway with a continuous two-way left turn lane. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures with pilot cars in use to lead traffic through the work zone. Further south on US 69 from FM 844 to FM 1270, the project continues with crews clearing the right of way and burning brush in preparation for the roadway widening project. Motorists can expect smoke in the area and are urged to reduce speed and stay alert to moving equipment and workers. Traffic fines double when workers are present.
 
Other work planned in the nine-county Lufkin District for the week of Feb. 5-9  includes:
 
ANGELINA
 
US 59/SL 287 East: Work is scheduled to place striping on the exit ramps of SL 287 East from US 59 North to US 59 South.
 
US 69: Mill and inlay is scheduled to continue in both north and southbound lanes within the city limits of Huntington.
 
SH 147: Crews are scheduled to maintain ditches in various locations.
 
FM 706: Crews will work to repair and level up road base.
 
FM 842: Crews are scheduled to maintain ditches.
 
FM 1194: Widening has been completed on each side of the road. This work will surface will cure next week before proceeding with more construction that will provide additional paved surface width from SL 287 to FM 3150.
 
NACOGDOCHES
 
US 59: The concrete pavement removal has been completed at the intersection of SL 224 and is open to traffic.
 
SH 103: Crews will begin to upgrade guardrail to design standards from the Angelina County line to the San Augustine County line.
 
SH 21 East: Work is scheduled to repair shoulders from SL 224 to FM 226.
 
FM 343: The project has been placed on vegetative establishment and clean up has begun after the pavement was reconstructed and widened from the Cherokee County line to FM 225.
 
FM 1087: Work on driveway culverts is complete and cross structures are being upgraded to design standards from US 259 to FM 95.
 
FM 1878: Hot mix has been placed and concrete curb and gutter is being placed at La Nana Creek where a new bridge, approaches and sidewalks have been constructed.
 
FM 2782: Work is scheduled to repair shoulders from SH 7 West to US 59.
 
POLK
 
FM 356: Working on subgrade, storm sewer, curb and gutter, and cross drainage structures on this project designed to reconstruct and widen 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.
 
Old Highway 35: This project has been placed on vegetative establishment where a new bridge and approaches were constructed at the tributary of Long King Creek.
 
Blue Water Road: The bridge replacement and approaches over Blue Branch are complete and the area is being monitored for vegetative establishment.
 
Carmona Road: Crews are monitoring for vegetative establishment at the bridge replacement over Brushy Creek.
 
SAN JACINTO
 
US 59: Additional signs are being placed and the project is being monitored for vegetative establishment from just south of the Union Pacific Railroad in Shepherd to just north of FM 2914 where a southbound frontage road was added and main lanes were reconstructed.
 
US 190: Cleanup work is scheduled through the project designed to upgrade and safety treat fixed objects from the Walker County line to the Polk County line.
 
SH 150: Work is scheduled to repair pavement edges in various locations.
 
FM 1127: Crews will continue to upgrade metal beam guard rail and safety treat fixed objects from US 59 to the end of pavement.
 
Various locations: Crews are scheduled to level up and repair pavement.
 
Various locations: Work is scheduled to repair drainage and washout issues in several locations including on US 59, FM 3460, FM 2693, SH 156, SH 150, US 190, FM 2025 and FM 1725.
 
HOUSTON
 
US 287: Crews are scheduled to level up pavement inside SL 304 in both north and southbound lanes.
 
US 287: Work to level up pavement is scheduled at US 287 North at Happy Holler.
 
US 287 North: Work is scheduled to repair road edges from the Anderson County line to Grapeland.
 
SH 7 East: Workers are scheduled to maintain ditches in the Beria Community.
 
SH 21: Crews will continue to drill new shafts beneath the Trinity River Bridge on the Houston County side where work is underway to repair the substructure of the bridge.
 
SH 21: Work to backfill areas and remove forms east of Crockett is planned where crews have safety treated fixed objects from just south of SL 304 to 2.5 miles south of FM 1733.
 
SH 21: Crews are repairing the roadway and filling potholes west of Crockett where the pavement is being reconstructed and passing lanes are being added from 2.3 miles east of FM 2967 to SH 7.
 
FM 3187: Work to level up pavement and base repairs are scheduled from the end of pavement to the intersection of SH 21 East.
 
FM 227 East: Crews are scheduled to maintain ditches to approximately two miles from Grapeland.
 
SL 304: Pavement level up is scheduled in various locations from US 287 North to FM 229.
 
TRINITY
 
SH 94: Work to repair surface edges is planned from Groveton to the Angelina County line.
 
FM 357: Crews are scheduled to continue to clean driveways where culverts have been upgraded to design standards from SH 94 to FM 2262.
 
Various locations: Crews are scheduled to patch potholes and repair roadway edges.
 
SHELBY
 
SH 87: Work will continue to improve guardrail to design standards and upgrade and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to SH 147.
 
CR 4789: Approach work is underway and bridge rail has been placed at the new bridge at the tributary of Blackwater Creek. At Risinger Creek, right of way preparations have begun and a detour bridge will be placed as construction begins to replace the bridge and approaches.
 
SAN AUGUSTINE
 
US 96: This project is being monitored for vegetative establishment from the Shelby County line to FM 3451 after pavement was reconstructed with the addition of a passing lane.
 
SH 21: This project has been placed on vegetative establishment after work has been completed to upgrade and safety treat fixed objects from SH 147 to FM 1.
 
SH 21: Bridge approaches are being constructed with flexible base and cement treatments at Venado Creek and Perkins Creek . Bridge decks and bridge railings have been completed.
 
SH 21: The bridge deck at Niciper Creek has been completed and embankment is being placed.
 
FM 705: This project is being monitored for vegetative establishment after work was completed to upgrade and safety treat fixed objects from SH 147 to 2.4 miles south of FM 83.
 
Various locations: Work is scheduled to repair road base, continue ditch maintenance and debris cleanup.
 
SABINE
 
Various locations: Crews are scheduled to replace culverts.
 
All work schedules are subject to change in inclement weather. For more information regarding statewide work and road closures, visit drivetexas.org. For more information on Lufkin District construction and maintenance projects, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.
 
 
 

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Remembering Columbia


 

 

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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Weather Update


 

 

San Augustine's January 2018 Weather Summaries:
 
   
- High temperature for the Month was 71.1 degrees at 1:45pm on the 21st:
   
- The coldest temperature was 11.6 degrees on the 17th at 7:10am.
   
- Our* mean temperature was 43.2 degrees* and *lots of wind chills!!!*
   
- We experienced Southeast winds at 24 miles per hour at 8:20pm on the
   11th. The majority of the wind was from the North with all the Arctic
   Fronts that came down and hung around.
   
- Rainfall total was 3.74 inches for the month
   
- Our high single day rain was on the 21st with 1.19 inches.
 
 - We had 11 days with at least .01 or more, 5 days with .1 or more, and
     2 days with 1" or more
 
 
 
 
 

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