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Boles Feed Interview


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Boles Feed company in Center, TX has been serving the comunity since 1983.  Owner Ken Boles gave Center Broadcasting Company a tour of his building.  We discorvered how he got it to the feed store business.  The Famer Featured Interviews are brought to you by Shelby Savings Bank. 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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TxDOT Update


 

 

LUFKIN – Texas Department of Transportation Commissioners on Thursday approved more than $941.7 million in construction projects throughout the state, with $16.1 million designated for four new projects in the Lufkin District.
 
Curb ramps and sidewalks will be constructed at various locations in the Lufkin District. Encino Landscape, Inc., Cleveland, TX, will serve as contractor for the $2.1 million project. No timeline for completion has been set. The curb ramps are designed to meet the American Disabilities Act, greatly enhance the area and create greater access and maneuverability for pedestrians.
 
Locations where new curb ramps and sidewalks will be constructed include:
 
Angelina County: In Lufkin, ramps and sidewalks will be placed along BU 59 (Timberland Drive) from FM 325 (East Lufkin Ave.) to SH 94 (Frank Street), from SH 94 (Frank Street) from BU/US 59 (Timberland Drive) to East Shepherd Ave, and from BU/US 59 (Timberland Drive) to Lufkin High School along FM 325 (East Lufkin Ave).
 
Sabine County: In Hemphill, ramps and sidewalks will be placed along SH 87 from Milan Street to SH 83.
 
Houston County: In Grapeland, ramps and sidewalks will be placed from Grapeland Elementary School along FM 1272 to FM 227.
 
Nacogdoches County: In Garrison, ramps and sidewalks will be placed from Garrison High School along US 59 to Francis Street.
 
San Augustine County: In San Augustine, ramps and sidewalks will be placed along SH 21 from FM 2213 to FM 3230.
 
Other projects approved included an $12 million construction project in Houston County that is designed to reconstruct pavement and add a passing lane from the east side of the Trinity River Bridge to FM 1280, and improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from the Madison County Line to FM 1280. Knife River Corporation – South, Bryan, TX, will serve as contractor. No timeline for completion has been set.
 
A $1.5 million construction project on FM 2967 was also approved for Houston County that is designed to reconstruct and widen pavement from FM 132 to SH 21. Pinto Construction Company, Inc., Nacogdoches, TX, will serve as contractor. No timeline for completion has been set.
 
County Road 2245 at Big Elkhart Creek and CR 1515 Sullivan Road at Flat Fork Creek in Houston County were approved for bridge replacements with approaches at a cost of $584,116. Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd, Longview, TX, will serve as contractor. No timeline for completion has been set.
 
Pre-construction meetings will be held for each project and traffic control devices and signage will be placed through the work zones as construction begins. Motorists are urged to stay alert, reduce speed and obey all traffic control devices as these projects progress.
 
For more information on projects and closures statewide, visit drivetexas.org. For more information on Lufkin District projects, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.
 
 
 
 

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TxDOT Update - Shelbyville Street Closed


 

 

ALERT: SH 87/Shelbyville Street in Center will be closed from 8 am - 5 pm Friday at the BNSF Railroad crossing for work that is being done by the railroad. Traffic control will be in place. Choose alternate routes.

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 6-29-18


 

 

 

 

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Denning Rural Water Supply Boil Water Notice Lifted


 

 

The water on Denning Rural WSC no longer  requires boiling.
 
On June 26, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Denning Rural Water Supply, #2030004, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform all customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
 
Denning Rural 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 June 28, 2018.
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office:
220 West 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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Traffic Stop Drug Bust


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 10, 2018 Officer Brian Wright- of the Center Police Department- conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Juanita Lee Briggs.  During the traffic stop Sgt. Knowlton utilized his canine- K9 Elliott- who then alerted on the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle and Ms. Briggs’ person was then conducted with Officers recovering approximately 34 grams of suspected methamphetamine, multiple baggies- for narcotics packaging- and a set of digital scales.  A warrant has been issued for Ms. Briggs’ arrest for the recovered narcotics.

 
 
 

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Another Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Seizure


 

 

 
On June 24, 2018 Sergeant Christopher Knowlton- of the Center Police Department- conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Shamus Jaquan Ross.  During the traffic stop a probable cause search was conducted of the vehicle with the discovery of approximately 13.5 grams of suspected Phencyclidine (PCP) being made.  Mr. Ross was subsequently arrested for the recovered PCP and his passenger- Eric Jerome Nobles- was arrested for a “crack” pipe that was recovered from his pants pocket.
 
 
 
 

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Center PD Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Seizure


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 23, 2018 Officer Brian Wright- of the Center Police Department- conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Marcus Brandon Cartwright.  During the traffic stop Sgt. Knowlton utilized his canine- K9 Elliott- who then alerted on the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle resulted in Officers recovering approximately .5 grams of suspected cocaine.  Mr. Cartwright is currently out on parole for a previous narcotics related arrest.  Mr. Cartwright was subsequently arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1<1G.
 
 

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Wreck on 7 West Updated


 

 

SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated this morning 6-28-18 a one vehicle crash on SH 7, about eight miles west of Center.  The preliminary crash investigation indicates at about 9:20 a.m., a 1999 Ford pickup was traveling east on SH 7 when the pickup reportedly drove off the roadway to the right and struck two trees.
 
 
Picture by: Pamela Crawford
 
The driver is identified as 76-year-old Elaine Higginbotham from Center, TX.  Higginbotham was transported from the scene by medical helicopter to University Health Hospital in Louisiana for treatment.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
 
 
 

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Evening News 6-28-18


 

 

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Wreck on 7 West


 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a wreck on highway 7 west today 6-28-18 at 9:30 a.m.  According to the Center Fire Department a female passenger was life flighted to a hospital Sherveport, LA. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creature Teacher Event Coverage


 

 

 

 

 

 

Today 6-28-18 Belinda Henry the Creature Teacher visited the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library at 10:30 a.m.  She showed the kids a variety of animals including a baby kangaroo.  She will have a second show this afternoon at 2 p.m.  For picutres from the event: CLICK HERE
 
For more information on her visit her website at: www.thecreatureteacher.org
 
 
 
 

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Southern Love Cafe Grand Opening Video


 

 

 

 

 

 

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City of Huxley Boil Water Notice


 

 

 
 
Due to low chlorine residuals, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the City of Huxley water system PWS 2100019 to notify customers of the need to boil their water in the Oakdale Community, English Bay and Brinson Marina areas prior to consumption.
 
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.
 
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Huxley Water Treatment Plant at 936-368-2633.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Creature Teacher to Visit Library


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Creature Teacher will be at the Fannie Brown Booth Library for the fourth program of the 2018 Summer Reading/Learning Program. She will present her program for ages 4-8 years at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m. for the Tweens (ages 9-13), this Thursday 6-28-18 at the library.  Come and see what exciting creatures she brings this year!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 6-27-18


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The Shelby County Commissioners Court met today 6-27-18 at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:
 
 
1. They approved and paid weekly expenses, and line item transfers.
 
2. They approved the current payroll.
 
3. No public comments on were given agenda items.
 
4. Enrique Perez was scheduled to address Commissioners’ Court about County Road 3734, but failed to appear again.
 
 
 
Shelby County Treasurer Ann Blackwell
 
 
5. Shelby County Treasurer Ann Blackwell addressed the Court about participation in the TexPool investment pool.  She was given approval.  At this time the County is considering different investment options to get a better interest rate on County Funds.  
 
6. The Court approved the resolution authorizing participation in the TexPool investment pools and designated authorized representatives.
 
7. They approved the Letter of Authorization for maintenance services for the server located in the County Clerk’s office and approved the payment for said services.
 
8. They discussed and approved closing 1,458.7 feet of County Road 3525.  
 
9.  The court discussed the purchase of materials to repair the grounds of the Expo Center and distinguished that it will be paid out of the contingency account. 
 
10. Lastly the court adjourned. 
 
 

 

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Today's News 6-27-18


 

 

 

 

 

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RRC Chairman Craddick & PUC Chairman Walker Work to Ensure Availability of Natural Gas for Reliable Electric Service this Summer


 

 

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick and Public Utility Commission Chairman DeAnn Walker are urging natural gas pipeline operators and electric generation plant operators to work together to ensure availability of pipeline transmission capacity to meet electric generation needs at times of peak demand during the hot Texas summer. Craddick and Walker are asking stakeholders to work with the Railroad Commission’s Oversight and Safety Division to schedule required pipeline testing outside of peak demand months. During the required tests, pipelines are unable to deliver natural gas, which fuels electric generation plants across Texas.
 
“Pipeline safety is one of the most important areas we regulate at the Railroad Commission,” Chairman Craddick said. “Integrity testing of gas transmission pipelines is a critical part of our safety requirements and should be scheduled to maximize operational availability. We must all work together to make sure the citizens of Texas are able to keep their air conditioning running, fans blowing, and lights on during the hot Texas summer.”
 
“Gas fired electric generation plants make up nearly 40% of our ERCOT’s electric generation, so we need to be sure they are online during times of peak demand,” said Chairman Walker. “With our state’s robust economy and growing population, demand is higher than ever. Therefore, teamwork is the key to a successful summer for all Texans.”
 
 

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Healthy Moments


 

 

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Boil Water Notice Denning Rural Water Supply


 

 

Due to a failure at the plant, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the Denning Rural Public Water System  PWS  # 2030004 to notify ALL CUSTOMERS 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 customer that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.
 
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Denning Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489
 or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.
 
 

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Fish Fry Fundraiser


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a fish fry fundraiser today 6-26-18 going on the downtown Center city square and it will continue until 4 p.m. this afternoon. 

 
 

 

 

 

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Taylor Ranch


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Evening News 6-26-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fireworks prohibited in National Forests, Grasslands


 

 

 

 

As the July 4 holiday weekend approaches, officials with the U.S. Forest Service are reminding the public that fireworks are prohibited in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.
 
 
 
Fireworks can create a potentially dangerous fire situation, and Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor says law enforcement personnel will be watchful again this year.
 
 
 
“It only takes a few days of summer heat to put our forests and grasslands at a high fire risk,” Taylor said. “For the safety of the public and our forests and grasslands, we urge people to attend public fireworks displays and remember that fireworks are not allowed in the Angelina, Sam Houston, Davy Crockett and Sabine National Forests, and the Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands.”
 
 
 
The four forests and two grasslands in Texas cover nearly 700,000 acres of public land and have many popular recreation areas for camping, boating, picnicking, hiking and a variety of outdoor activities.
 
 
 
“Those possessing or discharging fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices in the national forests or grasslands can be ticketed and fined. We don’t want to spoil anyone’s holiday, but at the same time, we want the forests and grasslands to be enjoyable and safe for all,” Taylor said.
 
 

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Today's News 6-26-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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County Road 1001 Closed


 

 

County Road 1001 will be closed all day today 6-26-18.  It is the road between Wal-mart and the Sale Barn.
 
 
 

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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Reminds Texans Tax Amnesty Program to Conclude Soon


 

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding Texans the Texas Tax Amnesty Program ends Friday, June 29. 
 
The program gives certain delinquent taxpayers a chance to make their accounts compliant with state tax law without incurring penalties and interest on tax due. The amnesty program began May 1, is applicable to periods prior to Jan. 1, 2018, and only includes liabilities not previously reported to the Comptroller.
 
Passed by the Texas Legislature in 2017, Senate Bill 1 requires the Comptroller of Public Accounts to establish a tax amnesty program to encourage voluntary reporting by: delinquent taxpayers who do not have a Texas Sales and Use Tax Permit, or are not registered for a tax or fee administered by the Comptroller’s office; and taxpayers who have a permit but may have underreported or owe additional taxes or fees.  The Texas Tax Amnesty Program does not apply to periods currently under audit review, IFTA taxes, PUC Gross Receipts assessments, Local Motor Vehicle Tax and Unclaimed Property payments.
 
 
 
 

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Texas Veterans Commission Grant to be administered by Shelby County Veterans Service Office


 

 

The Shelby County Veterans Service Office will administer a $20,000.00 grant awarded by Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans Assistance. The grant funds will reimburse drivers who transport Veterans or their family members who are qualified to use VA medical facilities, to and from medical appointments at Overton Brooks VAMC, Charles Wilson OPC, Longview TX CBOC, or Michael E DeBakey in Houston. Drivers cannot be related to the Veteran. Veterans who qualify for reimbursement of travel by VA are not eligible to use this grant.
 
Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 15, Section 460.10(3) prohibits distribution of cash or a cash equivalent to veterans and/or their families. ONLY non family member drivers will be reimbursed.
 
Veterans/qualified family members who are interested in using the grant to reimburse their driver, must live in Shelby County, San Augustine County, or Sabine County. The Veteran or Veterans qualified family member must report to the Veterans Service Office and provide DD-214 with acceptable discharge, an appointment letter from the VA medical facility, and a VA Identification card.
 
The driver must report to the Veterans Service Office and provide a copy of their driver’s license, current insurance, and registration. They will then obtain a mileage form to complete for reimbursement.  Upon completion of the medical appointment the Veteran must have their appointment slip date and time stamped by the VA facility.
 
The veteran will return the appointment slip and mileage sheet to the Veterans Service Officer for submission for reimbursement.  Reimbursements could take up to two weeks.
 
The grant period will run from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.  The Shelby County Veterans Service Office has a list of drivers who are willing to transport.  We are happy to include the Veterans of San Augustine and Sabine counties to participate in this grant.
 
Shelby County and San Augustine veterans should report to VSO Sherry Riley at the Veterans Service Office located in the Historic Courthouse. Sabine County veterans should report to VSO T.L. “Shorty” Warren in Hemphill.
 
For more information contact: Sherry Riley @ 598-6530
 
 

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Evening News 6-25-18


 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 26th day of June 2018 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room
at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 6-25-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update Weather Station ID's


 

 

Several of you have ask me to repeat the station ID's that you can type into your web browser window so you can look at the Personal Weather Stations across the County to check out the information yourself rather than relying on me.  Temperatures, rain, humidity, Temperature Heat Index, wind direction, speed, and wind chill, forecasts for 3-5-10 days, radar, summaries , webcams, and much more.
 
Below is an update that adds a NEW PWS station just North of the City of San Augustine
 
                     
San Augustine County:
                     
NORTH
Norman Neel - KTXSANAU10 - Far NW area
Goeff Reeder - KTXSANAU9 - About a mile South of Norman
                   
CENTRAL
(NEW)  Kelly Camp - KTXSANAU12 - Ayish Bayou just North of San Augustine City limits
Tom Johnson - KTXSANAU6 - About 1 mile East of downtown San Augustine across from the DETE Co-op
Swanson Hill - KTXGOOD2 - Just North of Hwy 103 in the Goodwin Community
                   
SOUTH
Lake Sam Rayburn - KTXBROAD2 - About mid lake on the East side of Sam Rayburn
                       
Angelina County:
 
North end of Sam Rayburn - KTXETOIL2 - Etoile
 
 
 

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DeSoto Sheriff's Office Employment Event


 

 

Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to thank everyone that showed up to the employment evaluation for prospective employees at our training facility on June 23, 2018 . This event is held for those looking for a career with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office and was one of our largest turnouts to date, with over 50 people in attendance.   It is a great example of our community's desire to work together in order to maintain a safe and efficient parish for all.  Be sure to follow the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook page to stay informed on future events such as this, church security training, women's self-defense classes, and more.  www.facebook.com/desoto.dept

 
 
 

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Taylor Ranch Interview


 

 

 

 

 

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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 27th day of June, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.  in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1.Approve and pay weekly expenses, and line item transfers.
 
2.Approve current payroll.
 
3.Public comments on Agenda items.
 
4.Enrique Perez to address Commissioners’ Court about County Road 3734.
 
5.Discuss and possibly approve participation in TexPool Investment Pool.
 
6. Approve Resolution Authorizing Participation in the TexPool Investment Pools and designating   Authorized Representatives.
 
7.Approve the Letter of Authorization for maintenance services for the server located in the County Clerk’s office and approve the payment for said services.
 
8.Discuss and possibly approve to close 1458.7 Ft. of County Road 3525.
 
9.Discuss the purchase of materials to repair the grounds of the Expo Center and distinguish what account that they will be paid from.
 
10.Adjourn. 
 
 
 

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Notice of Public Hearing on Shelby County Appraisal District Budget


 

 

 
 
The Shelby County Appraisal District will hold a public hearing on
their proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year.
 
The public hearing will be held on July 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the
appraisal district office, 724 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas.
 
A summary of the appraisal district budget follows:
2019 Proposed Budget $700,458
 
Increase over current budget $16,708
Employees compensated under
current budget 8
 
Employees compensated under
proposed budget 8
 
The appraisal district is supported solely by payments from the
local taxing units served by the appraisal district.
 
If approved by the appraisal district board of directors at the public
hearing, this proposed budget will take effect automatically unless
disapproved by the governing bodies of the county, school
districts, cities and towns served by the appraisal district.
 
A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection in
the office of each of those governing bodies. A copy is also
available for public inspection at the appraisal district office.
 
 
 
Shelby county Appraisal District
 
724 Shelbyville Street
Center, Texas
(936)-598-6171 
 
 
 
 

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Log Truck Crash in San Augustine Co


 

 

Crash reported on SH 21 East near Ford Corner community in San Augustine County. Overturned log truck currently blocking both lanes. Prepare for delays of up to two hours or choose alternate routes.  As of 6/22/18 1:47 p.m.  

 

 

 
 
 

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THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND WORLD SERIES IN CENTER, TEXAS


 

 
Tournament Projected to Have Large Economic Impact
 
CENTER, Texas (June 22, 2018) – The Dixie Regional World Series tournament will be in
Center, Texas, from Friday July 20 through Monday July 23, and is projected to have a huge
economic impact in this town with 6,000 population.
 
“We are expecting 40 teams to participate in the World Series,” said Jason Mitchell, Center’s
Recreation Director, “and these teams are coming from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and
Mississippi.” Each team will average 12 players and with family members this should translate
into nearly 2,000 visitors for the World Series weekend. The impact will affect area retailers
and hotels. “We expect this tournament will require at least 400 hotel rooms. We have been
told that teams are already booking hotels in Carthage and Nacogdoches.”
 
“A large tourist event, such as this is a great economic opportunity for our community,”
explained Center Mayor David Chadwick. The dollars that a visitor brings is spent here, then
circulated several more times in town. “We could easily see a quarter of a million dollars of
economic impact from the tournament weekend. So, it is very important that our guests are
encouraged to spend at locally owned businesses.” Local businesses have an opportunity to
advertise in the Tournament program book or by sponsoring tournament events. All sponsors
and advertisers will be featured on the Tournament App.
 
According to local restaurant owner Rose Specter, the mid-summer was one of their slowest
times before the City started recruiting tournaments. “We definitely went from losing money
during those months to making money. Every year our sales gets better with the tournaments.”
To facilitate communication and information, the World Series will have a mobile app. Simply
download the Attendify app and search for DYB to stay current on this event.
 
Anyone interested in sponsoring, staffing the tournament, or being a host family should visit the
City website at www.CenterTexas.org or contact Jason Mitchell at 936-590-7196.
 
 
 

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City of Center City Council Meeting


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Tenaha City Council Meeting


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Evening News 6-22-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Youth Fundraiser


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amazing Race Camp II


 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to announce that the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office has officially completed the 2nd annual youth summer camp on June 19th and 20th!  The Amazing Race Camp for youth ages 8-13 was hosted at Clara Springs Baptist Encampment in Pelican, LA.  Students enjoyed fun activities such as kayaking, archery, rock wall climbing, and much more including a ride on the HydraTrek, our amphibious vehicle.  Sheriff Richardson would like to thank the staff at Clara Springs for their help and hospitality, and our guest speaker Mr. Richard Fuller for his wonderful presentation and puppet show.  We look forward to seeing everyone back again next summer!   Check out more great photos from The Amazing Race II summer camp on our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/desoto.dept

 
 

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Today's News 6-22-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joaquin Structure Fire


 

 

 
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at the old Buck’s Hitchin’ Rail building at the west end of the Highway 84 overpass. Desoto Fire District #1 responded immediately as well, per the automatic mutual aid agreement between the two departments. Firefighters battled thick smoke and intense heat in an effort to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to the Joaquin Tire and Road Service shop next door. Center Fire Department was dispatched to bring a tanker truck and extra manpower, and Timpson VFD sent extra help as well. Desoto Fire District #5 also responded to assist. The fire building was a total loss, but efforts to protect the adjoining building were successful. The Joaquin VFD wishes to thank all departments and firefighters who responded, as well as Precinct 3 Constable Roy Cheatwood, Texas DPS State Trooper Keith Jones, and Ricky Smith Towing who helped out with traffic control. 
 
 
 

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Smith Blueberry Patch Interview:


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Camden Hughes Honor Student Interview


 

 

 

 

 

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Evening News 6-21-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 6-21-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Local Student Qualifies to Compete at Largest Junior High Rodeo


 

 

Justin Raymond, a 7th grade student at Shelbyville Jr. High School recently competed in the Texas Jr. High Rodeo Finals in Gonzales, Texas.  While there, he and his partner, George Chambers from Benton Louisiana, ended up winning Reserve State Grand Champion in the Team Roping Event and also earned a position on the Texas National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to huron, South Dakota, June 24th thru June 30th to compete at the 14th annual National Junior Hugh Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the Team Roping Competition.
 
Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico, the NJHFR is the world's largest junior high rodeo.  In addition to competing for more than $8,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion.  To earn this title, contestants mist finish in the top 20 - based on their combined times/scores.  Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV.  Live broadcasts of all NJHFR performances will air on www.RidePass.com Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 24th, and 9 a.m. & 7 p.m. each day thereafter.
 
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NJHFR trade show, as well as visiting area attractions as Huron hosts the NJHFR this year.  To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR, visit www.NHSRA.com daily for complete results.  For ticket information and reservations, visit www.sdstatefair.com
 
 
 

 

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Texas Most Wanted List Fugitive Arrested in Nacogdoches


 

 

Jack Earl Sterns, Jr. was arrested this afternoon 6-20-18 at a residence in the 1900 block of Coleman Street in Nacogdoches, Tx.
 
Sterns was on the Texas 10 most wanted fugitive list.
 
The arrest was made by Nacogdoches Police officers, after a tip on his location was received by Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers.
 
 
 

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Summer Baseball Tournaments in Center


 

 

 

 

To facilitate information during the tournaments, the City is launching a new event app.  Anyone wanting to stay up on the most current tournament news can download Attendify, then search DYB. Advertisers and tournament sponsors will also be featured in the app.
Anyone interested in sponsoring, staffing the tournament, or being a host family should download the sponsorship form at the City website at www.CenterTexas.org or contact Jason Mitchell at 936-590-7196 or jmitchell@centertexas.org.
 
 
 

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Evening News 6-20-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Shelby County Commisioners' Court met this morning 6-20-18 at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:
 
1. They approved and paid the weekly expenses.
 
2. No public comments were given.
 
3.  Enrique Perez was scheduled to address the court about county road 3734 but did not show up for the meeting.
 
4. Shelby County Commissioner Pct. 1 Roscoe McSwain opened sealed bid for a backhoe.  The court accepted the bid from Richard Tomlin with Highway 96 equipment for a used 2013 model 4 wheel drive backhoe for $56,500. 
 
5. The court approved the creation of county road 2522 starting at county road 2521 and ending at an individual's property line. 
 
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

It is almost here, something we have all been waiting for with some consternation and baited breath Summer solstice 2018 in Northern Hemisphere will begin at 5:07 AM on Thursday, June 21st Central Time.  Also it is the longest day of 2018!
 
I hope our summer will be Nothing like our May 2018.
 
WHY:
 
May 2018 was the planet's fourth-warmest May since record keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Monday of this week.  NASA also rated May 2018 as the fourth-warmest May on record.  NOAA found that the only warmer May months were 2016, 2015, and 2017, in that order.  NASA found the warmer Mays to be 2016, 2017, and 2014, in that order.  Occasional differences in rankings between NASA and NOAA arise mostly due to how they handle data-sparse regions such as the Arctic, where few surface weather stations exist.  The two agencies agreed that the planet's four warmest Mays in a century-plus of recordkeeping have all occurred in the past five years.  We should NOT let these rain cooled June temperatures fool us.  The Summer heat doldrums are just ahead.
 
 
 
 

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Tenaha PD Assist Federal Agents


 

 

 
 
The Tenaha Police Department assisted federal agents with The Department of State Diplomatic Security Service with the execution of a felony warrant and arrest of a Tenaha resident for multiple counts of passport fraud as well as being an illegal immigrant.
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 6-20-18


 

 

 

 

 

Correction: Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church in Center June 18th - 21st at 6 p.m. each evening. It ends the 21st not the 20th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dementia Live Program Interview:


 

 

 

 

 

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What-A-Melon Festival


 

 

June 19, 2018 - It's not too late to be a vendor at the 2018 East Texas What-A-Melon Festival which is coming to downtown Center July 12-14th!
 
The Annual What-A-Melon Festival draws thousands of visitors to enjoy carnival rides, games, contests including ‘The Biggest Watermelon Contest’, live music and entertainment including Reed Barton Music and Zach Mason & the Jars, the Pet Contest and the Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant. This is a fun, family-oriented good ol’time!
 
Booth space is $125 and includes a 10' x 10' canopy-covered space with an electric plug.
See the vendor application, for more vendor information. Application deadline is June 22, 2018. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Frontier Days Schedule


 

 

Thursday July 5th: Gospel Concert at 6:30 at First Baptist Church Timpson.
Calvary Boys, Calvary Boys Trio, Broken Vessels, and Paul's Journey. Great line up. Also the carnival will be open from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
 
Friday July 6th: Carnival open from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. entertainment on stage downtown.  Legal Limit will open for Curtis Daniels starting at 6:00 p.m.
 
Saturday July 7th: Parade and carnival will begin at 10:00 a.m. After parade from the stage salute to flag and National Anthem. Introduction of guests. We will have the car, truck & motorcycle show on Austin St. beginning after the opening ceremonies. Also the pet show and bicycle decorating will be held immediately after ceremonies down under the tent at the end of the street. Pea shelling contest will be at 2:00 p.m. down under the tent at the end of the street. Clown with balloon art will be there until 4:00 p.m. Puppet show 2 to 3 times during the day. Food and craft vendor's will be there all three days. Evening entertainment will begin at 6:00 p.m. Followed by a short piano concert by Cozette. Then Nickel Draft will open for Bonamy immediately following Cozette. Our cake auction will begin at 8:00 p.m. following Nickle Draft.  We also will have a petting zoo that will be open at 10:00 a.m. Just a good fun day, seeing all those folks you don't get to see that often and visiting in the downtown area like we use to do. 
 
Sunday July 8th: We will have an evening service under the big tent starting at 6:00.
 
Armbands are good from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at Timpson Public Library for @$15:00. Will be $18:00 on site.
Armband good for one night only.
 
Pre-sale Gospel Concert tickets are available at Timpson Public Library, First Baptist Church, Timpson, and Kings Nursery in Tenaha they are $8:00 pre-sale and $10.00 at door. You could not begin to see a concert like this anywhere else for that amount of money. Hope to see you all there.
 
Please come out and join us for lots of fun, good food, crafts and great entertainment on our stage. There is no charge for the entertainment nor is there a gate charge to get in.
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 6-19-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project Belize Nursing Course 2018


 

 

 
Recently, four ADN nursing students travelled from Panola College with their instructor, Dr. Barbara Cordell to southern Belize, Central America to participate in a college course in Transcultural Nursing. The students chosen were: Denise Armstead, from Lufkin, who graduated in May from the LVN-ADN Transition track, Hannah Taylor Black, of Beckville and Chelsey Smith of DeBerry, who have completed Level III of the program, and Ivan Cuellar, of Henderson, who has completed Level II. They joined a team of 50 other doctors, nurses, students, and helpers to provide medical care to remote Mayan villages.
 
After arriving in Belize City, the group drove many hours to reach the small town of Punta Gorda. From there, the group divided into four teams and visited a total of sixteen villages in four days to attend to over 2000 patients. Several of the teams had to hike for one to three hours to reach their assigned village. “The students were wonderful at providing nursing assessments and treatments in challenging conditions,” said Professor Cordell. “We worked in a very hot environment without electricity, running water, or much of the technology we’re used to in the United States. The students learned to rely on basic observation skills and culturally sensitive communications and education.”
 
The larger group based out of Nacogdoches has been traveling on this mission trip for thirty-one years. The goal is to provide care to remote villagers who might not otherwise receive any medical care at all. Basic pain medications, antibiotics, and vitamins are provided as well as minor treatments such as wound care, splinting, and even occasional stitches for a severe cut.
 
Hannah said of her experience, “The patients taught each of us a lesson in humility and gratefulness. A piece of my heart will forever remain in four remote villages of southern Belize”.
 
 
 
Hannah Black and Denise Armstead teaching through a translator
 
 
 
Chelsey Smith assessing a patient with guidance from Dr. Cordell
 
 
 
Ivan Cuellar educating a patient
 
 
 
(l-r) Hannah Black, Dr. Barbara Cordell, Ivan Cuellar, Chelsey Smith, and Denise Armstead
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 6-19-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tenaha ISD Hires New Assistant Band Director


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cristie Roye was recently hired as an assistant band director for Tenaha ISD.  Ms. Roye will be the third director on staff, and will be in charge of percussion and trumpet sectionals, beginner classes, and 6th grade band.  She will also assist Ms. Landrum with the middle school band and Mr. Sours with the high school band.
 
Cristie is entering her 13th year of teaching.   Previously, Ms. Roye has been the Director of Bands at Sulphur Springs Middle School.  Under her direction at Sulphur Springs Middle School, the 8th grade Varsity Middle School Band received Sweepstakes.  She had over twenty 7th/8th grade students place in the All-Region band, and over thirty 7th/8th grade students receive superior ratings at solo & ensemble contest.  The 6th grade band also received superior ratings at various competitions. Prior to that, Ms. Roye was an assistant director at Crandall ISD, where she was in charge of percussion and trumpet instruction for all the bands in the district. 
Ms. Roye graduated from Hallsville High School in Hallsville, TX in 1994. She has a Music Education Degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX, where she graduated in the fall of 2000.  During her time at Baylor University, She studied trumpet under Berry Hopper.  She was a part of the Golden Wave Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Chamber Ensemble.
 
When Ms. Roye is not teaching you can find her out riding her bicycle.  She is an avid cyclist who enjoys both road and mountain biking.  She participates in many bicycle rides around the State of Texas as a participant, as well as a volunteer.  
 
Ms. Roye is excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Tenaha Tiger Band Program, and to be joining the Tenaha ISD family.    
 
 

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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 19th day of June, 2018 at 5:30 pm. at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 

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Grill Fest Results


 

 

Shelby county Grill FEST
Winners Announced
 
The Shelby County Grill Fest Barbecue Cook-off was held Saturday, June 9 at the Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas, with cook teams from across east Texas and western Louisiana vying for over $6,700 in prize money and the Grand Champion trophy along with bragging rights.  
 
The barbecue cook-off was presented by Farmers State Bank and sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. The event featured five cooking categories including beans, brisket, chicken, ribs and dessert.  
 
We are pleased to announce the top three winners in the five categories are:
 
Chicken Category:
1st Place - All Smoked Up from Jacksonville, Texas.  Head cook was Oley Willis.
2nd Place – Son N Law BBQ from Mt. Pleasant, Texas.  Head cook was Brandon Fulcher.
3rd Place – East Texas Smokers from Timpson, Texas.  Head cook was Anna Bryce.
 
Pork Ribs Category:
1st Place – Son N Law BBQ from Mt. Pleasant, Texas.  Head cook was Brandon Fulcher.
2nd Place – Gitcha Creek Country Cookers from Rusk, Texas.  Head cook was David Chandler.
3rd Place – Hound Dawg Harris from San Augustine, Texas.  Head cook was Robert Harris.
 
Brisket 
1st Place – Shelby County Outlaw Cookers from Center, Texas.  Head cook was Rachel Moorman.
2nd Place – All Smoked Up from Jacksonville, Texas.  Head cook was Oley Willis.
3rd Place – Tipsy Texan from Tenaha, Texas.  Head cook was Joshua Campbell.
 
Pinto Beans:
1st Place – Shelby County Outlaw Cookers from Center, Texas.  Head cook was Rachel Moorman.
2nd Place – Farmers State Bank from Center, Texas.  Head cook was Joey Lawson.
3rd Place – Hound Dawg Harris from San Augustine, Texas.  Head cook was Robert Harris.
 
Dessert:
1st Place – Hound Dawg Harris from San Augustine, Texas.  Cook:  Robert Harris.
2nd Place – East Texas Smokers from Timpson, Texas.  Cook:  Anna Bryce.
3rd Place – Shelby County Outlaw Cookers from Center, Texas.  Cook:  Preston Whitney.
 
All Smoked Up cook team, led by Oley Willis took the Grand Champion trophy at the 2018 Shelby County Grill Fest and the Tipsy Texan cook team with Joshua Campbell was awarded the Reserve Grand Champion trophy Saturday, June 9, 2018.
 
The 42 Tournament and Washer Pitching Competition were sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank.  Shelby Johnson and Evelyn Hufferd were the winners of the 42 Tournament.  Josh McAdams and Josh Jones were the winners of the Washer Pitching Competition and a special thank you to these men for donating their prize money back to the cookers. 
 
Awards were sponsored by the City of Center. Gold Sponsors were Tyson Foods and Windham Civic Center.  Entertainment was sponsored by Rapid Payday & Title Loans and the Judge’s Table was sponsored by Pineywoods Beverage.
 
Silver sponsors were Mathews Real Estate, Ace Hardware of East Texas, Watson and Sons Funeral Home, 4C Electrical Services, B & S A/C and Heating and Executive Inn and Suites Joaquin.
 
Thank you to all that attended to sample the great food and please mark your calendars for April 6, 2019!
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 6-18-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Property Tax Protest and Procedures


 

 

 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted N.E.W Water Supply


 

 

 

 

 

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42nd EAST TEXAS POULTRY FESTIVAL SEEKS ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS


 

 

Planning is underway for the 42nd East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank.  The Poultry Festival will be held October 4-6 on the historic downtown Center square, with chairmen Josh Payne, leading the steering committee. Arts and Crafts vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 10.  To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Drewery Construction, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods 
The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125.  Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival.  First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth.  The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection on Friday, August 18.
For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 
 

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Gospel Singing


 
Saturday June 30,2018
 
(Gospel Singing Every Last Saturday)
 
6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m.
 
Mount Calvary Full GospelChurch
417 East • Shelbyville, Texas 75973
All Musicians & Vocalist
Invited
 
Musicians Setup time 5:30 p.m.
(Gospel Music Only)
Food & Refreshments after singing
For more information
 
 Call 903-678-1447 or 936-591-8500 

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Today's News 6-18-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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U.M. ARMY INTERVIEW:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR BASEBALL TOURNAMENTS AND WORLD SERIES


 

 
CENTER, Texas (June 15, 2018) – Baseball tournament season is upon us and hundreds of
players and their families will soon arrive in Center, Texas. The district tournament will be from
June 22 through June 25; the State tournaments will be June 29 through July 19.
The tournament program books will be available for all participants as mementos. This is a
chance for local businesses to highlight their goods, hours or special deals to tournament guests.
This year, the ads will run for all three weeks of district and state tournaments, and will also be
included for the World Series. This will be advertising to over 120 + teams and their families.
“The City hosts these tournaments each year,” Center Mayor David Chadwick explained, “and
they represent a large economic impact to our community. Advertising directly to these visitors
in the tournament program can provide an advantage to getting visitors into our local stores.” A
sponsorship in the tournament book will be the same for all tournaments and the World Series.
“Any business offering a coupon discount or special offer for visitors will be seen by hundreds,
perhaps thousands, of out of town visitors.”
 
If any business would like to sponsor a space in the tournament book, the deadline is approaching soon. “We need to get the book to the printers by June 19, so we need orders by then,” said Jason Mitchell, Center Recreation Program Director.
 
Further, to facilitate information during the tournaments, the City is launching a new event app.
“Anyone wanting to stay up on the most current tournament news can download Attendify, then
search DYB,” Mitchell added. Advertisers and tournament sponsors will also be featured in the
app.
 
Anyone interested in sponsoring, staffing the tournament, or being a host family should download
 
the sponsorship form at the City website at www.CenterTexas.org or contact Jason Mitchell at
936-590-7196 or jmitchell@centertexas.org. 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Agenda


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 20th day of June, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action of the following items:
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
 
2. Public comments on agenda item.
 
3. Enrique Perez to address Commissioners’ Court about County Road 3734.
 
4. Pct. 1 to open sealed bids for Backhoe.
 
5. Commissioner Pct.2  to create County Road 2522 being 670 feet long, starting at County Road 2521 and ending at the Margaret Kay property line. 
 
6. Adjourn.
 
 
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday, June 19, 2018
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
1.Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2.Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3.Presentation of Council Recognition- Student Athletes
4.Open Forum.
5.Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
6.Monthly Reports:
a.City Secretary- Administrative updates.
b.Utility Billing Manager Report -- Monthly receipts.
c.Public Works Manager-Update – Departmental Updates
d.Water Department-Update—Ongoing Water Projects
7.Council approval on Payment of Bills.
8.Discussion on Road Repairs on Faulkville St.—Speaker--Susan Blackmon.
9.Discussion on Events Committee- Seasonal Events- Speaker-Susan Blackmon.
10.Discussion & Council Action on budgetary revisions- Water Purchased  & Events Committee- Stacy Cranford & Susan Blackmon-Speakers.
11. Informational Presentation -City Law  Enforcement – Jeremy Pope
12.Discussion & Council Action on implementation of a formal Standing Events committee. 
13. Discussion & Council Action on appointment of Emergency Response Coordinator.
14.Discussion & Council Action on implementation of Yearly Employee Performance Reviews.
15.Discussion on Improvement of monthly reports.
16.Discussion on standing committees to offer reports to council.
17.Discussion & Council Action on change of council meeting time to 6:00 p.m.
18.Adjournment.
 
 
 

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Food Pantry


 

 

Huxley Helping Hands food pantry will be this Saturday June 16th, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center, Texas only one box of food will be given out per household you must show Photo ID.
 
 
 
 
 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Warns Members of Potential Scams


 

 
Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is warning residents to be on the alert for a telephone scam targeting utility consumers.
 
 
 
Scam artists call a home or business posing as a Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative employee and threaten to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment by credit, debit, or by purchasing a pre-paid debit card. 
 
 
 
Please be aware that Deep East Texas EC will never call members and threaten immediate disconnection.  Rather, Deep East Texas EC sends written notice and makes courtesy calls to delinquent accounts prior to disconnection. 
 
 
 
Should you receive a call that seems like a scam, the cooperative encourages you to hang up and call Deep East Texas EC directly at 1-866-392-2547 or 936-229-4000 to be certain you are dealing with an official representative of the cooperative. 
 
 
 
Those who have been contacted by one of these scammers, or are victims of a scam, should also report the call to their local Sheriff’s Department and to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP.
 
 

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902 Greer Street Warrant Execution


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On June 9, 2018 the Center Police Department executed a Narcotics Search Warrant at 902 Greer Street in Center, Texas.  The execution of the search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of “crack” cocaine and marijuana coming from the home.  During the execution of the search warrant 2.209 pounds of white powdery substance- that field test positive for cocaine- was seized.  Arrested on scene was a resident of the home, Trentin Patton, who was subsequently charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1>=400 Grams.  The Center Police Depart expects the issuance of arrest warrants for additional subject(s), related to this case, in the near future.
 
 

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Johnson's Produce Interview:


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flag Day 2018 Coverage


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today 6-14-18 at 11 a.m. the local VFW Post 8904 and the Auxillary celebrated Flag Day with a changing of the flags at the Senior Nutrition Site located on Loop 500 in Center, TX.  There was a large crowd that attened today's ceremony.  Below is video coverage along with photos from the event.
 
 
 

 

 

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Center PD Visits Library


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville HS Band Advances to AREA


 

 
Honor Band is the highest award a concert band can receive in the state of Texas.
 
The purpose of honor band is twofold. Many educators believe that through the process of hearing and observing the results of quality teaching, directors can develop their own instructional skills to a higher level. In addition, selection of an honor band in each classification recognizes communities and school systems that successfully support music in education through their instrumental music programs.
 
Bands enter at the region level by submitting a recording of a three-selection concert program recorded at a public performance. Those bands who advance from region move on the area judging and those who advance from area are then judged at the state level.
 
On June 13, 2018 TMEA Region 21 held its Honor Band judging session in Lindale, Tx. The Shelbyville HS Dragon Band recordings are advancing to the AREA round of the contest.
 
 
 
This is the second competition this summer that the Dragon Band has advanced to area. Congratulations to the Dragon Band, and good luck at the next level of competition.
 
Deshmond Johnson-Band Director
 
Kasi Trent-Asst. Band Director

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Shelby County 4 H and FFA Broiler Show mandatory meeting!


 

 

Last date to order broilers for the Shelby County 4 H and FFA Broiler show is approaching quickly.
 
A pen of 30 chicks can be ordered and purchased for $30. Show rules and paperwork may be picked-up at the Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches Street (Old Elementary School Library Bldg.) All orders are due no later than July 2nd and are payable by check or money order only. Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of August 20, 2018. The 2018 Broiler Show and Sale will be held on October 6, 2018.
 
There will be a mandatory information meeting for anyone who wishes to participate in the Shelby County 4 H and FFA Broiler Show for 2018.  This meeting will be held at the Shelby County 4H facilities located at 226 Nacogdoches Street on August 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Each exhibitor must have a parent or legal guardian (or a representative designated in writing by a parent or guardian) in attendance at that meeting.
 
Exhibitor’s WILL NOT be able to participate in the show without having attended this meeting. 
 
Please make arrangements to attend.
 
If you have questions about participating in the 4-H Poultry project or learning what is involved in showing and raising chickens as a 4-H member, give Lane Dunn, Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources a call at 936-598-7744 or email at jldunn@ag.tamu.edu.
 
 
 
 
 

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East Texas What-A-Melon Festival Pageant to Benefit Bailey


 

 

The 2018 East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant will be Saturday, July 14 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm and proceeds from the pageant will benefit Tonya Bailey who is battling cancer. Tonya Bailey is the owner of Bailey's Pageants and has hosted the What-A-Melon pageant for years. 
 
Watermelon or summer attire is all you need! Girls 0-19 and Boys 0-5 will wear their favorite Summer outfit on the big stage during the festival.
 
There will be two $250 Cash Scholarships given away by Wiggins Farms and Luke Brown Watermelons.
 
Age divisions are: Baby 0-11 months; Toddler 12-23 months; Tiny 2-3 years; Little 4-5 years; Petite 6-8 years; Pre-teen 9-12 years; Teen 13-15 years; Miss 16-19 years; and Mister boys 0-5 years.
 
Registration fee is $50 and the deadline for entry is Thursday, July 5. The deadline will not be extended. The pageant is Saturday, July 14th with registration at 5pm and showtime at 5:30pm. Pageant will be held under the big tent on the downtown square during the What-A-Melon Festival.
 
This is the perfect first pageant! This is a natural beauty pageant, so only age appropriate makeup.
 
Registration forms can be dropped off at Elite Hair Designs, 125 Foster St, Center, TX 75935 or mailed to What-A-Melon Festival Pageant, P.O. Box 64, Center, Texas 75935.
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 
 
The Shelby County Commissioners Court Met this morning 6-13-18 at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:
 
 
They approved the minutes of the May 2nd, 2018 Special meeting, May 9th, 2018 Regular meeting, May 23rd, 2018 Special meeting, and May 30th, 2018 Special meeting.
 
They approved and paid the weekly expenses, adn excepted line item transfers.  
 
They approved the officers reports.
 
 
 
Justin Matthews
 
Justin Matthews with Axley & Rode, LLP presented an Annual Financial Audit Report for Shelby County.
 
 
The court discussed and approved the assignment of the Emergency Ambulance Service Exclusive Agreement between the County and Ace EMS by Allegiance Mobile Health.
 
 
 
 
 
Lastly the court adjourned.
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 6-13-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Agenda


 

 

 
Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 13th day of June, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Approve minutes of the May 2, 2018 Special meeting, May 9, 2018 Regular meeting, May 23, 2018 Special meeting, and May 30, 2018 Special meeting.
 
2. Approve and pay weekly expenses, and except line item transfers.
 
3. Approve Officers report.
 
4. Public comments on Agenda item.
 
5.  Axley & Rode , LLP to present Annual Financial Audit Report for Shelby County, Fiscal Year 2017
 
6. Discuss and possibly approve the assignment of the Emergency Ambulance Service Exclusive Agreement between the County and Ace EMS by Allegiance Mobile Health.
 
7. Adjourn.
 
 
 
 

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Tenaha PD Morns the Passing of James Moore


 

 

Today, we share the loss of an outstanding sheriff. James Moore was known throughout Shelby County as a law enforcement professional who cared deeply about the public he was sworn to serve. There is not enough comfort we can provide to the Moore family, as well as his law enforcement family, except to offer our most heartfelt condolences for their loss. The Moore family also deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. No greater love has a person than the will to give their life for another. Let us honor his memory by joining together, lifting up his family in our prayers, and continuing to provide the quality tradition of service for which he is known for.
 
The flag has been lowered to half staff in honor of Sheriff James Moore.
 
Tenaha Police Department,
Chief Jeremy H. Pope
 
 

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Mayfield Farms Interview:


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evening News 6-12-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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N.E.W Water Supply Boil Notice


 

 

Due to a mechanical problem at Plant 2, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation  PWS  # 2030034 to notify all customers on FM 1751, FM 3279, and surrounding County Roads. This includes the Grapevine, Maxey Town and Chinquapin 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 CENTER TO HOST 2018 REGIONAL WORLD SERIES


 

 

 
 
Community Asked to Help during the Tournament
 
CENTER, Texas – The City of Center and Center Youth Baseball are excited
to announce the 2018 Dixie Regional World Series will be hosted in Center from Friday, July 20
through Monday, July 23.
 
Last October, the City Council created a committee to start the process of soliciting the World
Series. Unlike the other baseball tournaments hosted, the bid is not a financial commitment,
but rather what can the community offer during the event. The World Series is hosted by larger
cities across Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. “This truly is a great opportunity to
showcase our town to others who would normally not have a reason to visit Center,” said Center
Mayor David Chadwick. “This is quite an accomplishment for our community and the committee
to secure such a significant event for a town our size.”
 
“The Regional World Series consists of 35-40 teams from the South,” explained Center
Recreation Director Jason Mitchell. “Center will be allowed to have a host team in each division
and this also gives our players some great exposure to another level of competition.”
“We really want these families and teams to have a great experience in Center and we need
community support to represent ourselves well,” Chadwick continued. There will be volunteer
opportunities during the World Series, including staffing the tournament. “We also need host
families to show hospitality to our out-of-town visitors.” Lastly, there are sponsorship
opportunities for local businesses during the tournament. The deadline for sponsors to get their
ads in the tournament book is July 1.
 
To facilitate communication and information, the World Series will have a mobile app. Simply
download the Attendify app and search for DYB to stay current on this event.
 
Anyone interested in sponsoring, staffing the tournament, or being a host family should visit the
City website at www.CenterTexas.org or contact Jason Mitchell at 936/590-7196.
 
 

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Watermelon Royalty Coming to the East Texas What-A-Melon Festival


 

 

 
 
Luke Brown Watermelons and Wiggins Farms are sponsoring the Texas Watermelon Queen and the National Watermelon Queen who will be visiting royalty for the 2018 What-A-Melon Festival - July 12th, 13th, and 14th.
 
Savannah Christensen, previously the 2017 Florida Watermelon Queen is the new 2018 National Watermelon Queen. She travels all over the United States, as well as Canada, promoting the production and consumption of the happiest, and tastiest fruit in the world, watermelon! Miss Christensen said, "There is no place I would rather be on July 12-14 than the 2018 East Texas What-A-Melon festival. I'm so excited to see what fun activities are in store for families and friends!"
 
Hannah Crisp, the 2018 Texas Watermelon Queen, will also be attending the festival. Miss Crisp gave a history of her journey to becoming the Texas Watermelon Queen, "I am currently a senior nursing student at East Texas Baptist University pursuing a career in pediatric oncology. Recently I was honored with the opportunity of representing the Texas Watermelon Association throughout the year traveling all over Texas, some out of state, and even out of the country promoting the sales of watermelons and the watermelon industry. I was crowned in November of 2017 at the Texas Watermelon Association Convention in McAllen. Most recently I have gotten to attend the Viva Fresh Produce Expo, go on a farm tour, attend the Alamo Watermelon Festival, and many other events. I am looking forward to my next event at the East Texas What-a-melon festival to share my love of watermelons and promoting the Texas watermelon industry."
 
Wiggins Farms and Luke Brown Watermelons are proud to sponsor these two ladies attending the What-A-Melon Festival and invite everyone to give a friendly East Texas 'Howdy' to them as they attend all the festival activities.
 
 
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

Lots of changes to our atmosphere that should bring some wetter, cooler temperatures later this week, but first....you guessed it...HOT, HUMID, and "FEELS LIKE" day time temps of 100 degrees.
 
Today - Mostly Sunny, kicked off at 71 degrees toward a high of 91, but a feels like of 100 degrees, this afternoon from 1-8pm especially with the mostly light winds at 5-8 mph.
 
Wed - a duplicate of today
 
Thur - 71 start to 91 degree temp with clouds forming and a chance for a morning shower is possible. Nothing significant... less than 1/10th, if that. 
 
Friday - begins a multiple day period of T-storms and showers. The days will see 71 degree starts, but actual temps of a cooler 88 degrees.
 
We will continue with our humidity making it feel slightly warmer than the actual temperature. The "coolness" will be enhanced with the winds blowing at 10+ mph. Keep your rain gear handy. This looks to continue through the early part of next week. Some forecasts call for the rains to continue through mid to late next week.  I will be interested to see what the NWS says on the Thursday AM weather briefing. Even with the T-storms we will see mostly light rain of 1/10th to 1/4 inch each day. Unless that is, If you are under one of these widely scattered and isolated T-storms, you could see higher amounts, just like last Sunday. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nacogdoches County Crash


 

 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one vehicle crash this afternoon on FM 226 about two miles south of SH 103.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at about 4:30 p.m. on 6-11-18, a 2011 GMC pickup was traveling north on FM 226 when the truck drove off the roadway to the right and rolled over before striking a tree and catching fire.
 
The driver is identified as 22-year-old Chase Terrill, from Apple Springs, TX.  Terrill was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin and later pronounced deceased. Three passengers traveling with Terrill were also transported to area hospitals for treatment.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 6-12-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center to Host Dixie Baseball World Series


 

 

 
The Dixie Youth Baseball World Series will be held in Center Texas July 20th - 23rd.
 
 
Schedule of Events:
 
Friday - July 20
1:00 Team Check-in at Windham Civic Center
 
Welcome Bags - Host Families
Hotel Keys if possible
3:00 - Team Games at Center Park
 
6:00 - Team Meal
 
7:30 - Opening Ceremonies
 
9:00 - Fireworks Show following Opening Ceremonies
 
 
 
Saturday - July 21
8:00 - Games begin at Center Park and Girls Softball Complex
 
1:00 -  Hospitality Tent Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00
 
7:00 Team Bonding: Pizza and Movie Night at Windham Civic Center
 
 
 
Sunday - July 22
10:00 Games begin at Center Park and Girls Softball Complex
 
1:00 - Hospitality Tent Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00
 
3:00 - Team Bonding: Fun Day at Portacool Park 3:00 - 9:00
 
7:00 - Team Meal: Hamuburgers/Hotdogs/Chips/Drink at Portacool Park
 
 
 
Monday - July 23
8:00 - Games begin at Center Park and Girls Softball Complex
 
1:00 - Hospitality Tent Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00
 
 
 
Volunteers
Host Families, Team Check-in, Hospitality Tent - Sat, Sun and Mon, Movie Nights and Pizza - Saturday, Fun Dat at the Park - Sunday, T-Shirt Table
 
We are in need of around 45 Host Families.  These families will coordinate with their teams the different activities that are planned.  A Host Family would decorate their team's table for the opening ceremony and make up some goody bags for them to have.  A Host Family is encouraged to do anything that would make their team feel welcomed.
 
 
 
Sponsors
Sign Renewals on Field ( All Year ) - $250
Field Sponsors during Event - 7 Fields, Big Sign on Field, Name on all publications of Brackets on Site, In Program, Online - $1250 per field / we supply a sign that you keep.  $1000 per field if a sign is supplied
Hospitality Tent - Saturday, Sunday, Monda - $200 each day
Team Dinner - Opening Ceremonies - $1500
Opening Ceremonies and Fireworks - Four sponsors at $500 each
Pizza and Movie Night - Saturday - $1000
Fun Day at Portacool Park - Sunday - $1500
Tournament Program Ads - $250 full page, $150 half page
20% discount for Field/Team Meal Sponsors on all program ads
Gift Bags - small items to put in player bags
 
 

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Cade Foehner to Perform in Nacogdoches


 

 

 

 

 

 

Cade Foehner will be performing live at Lugnutz bar in Nacogdoches, TX this Saturday 6-16-18 at 7 p.m.  Lugnutz is located at 5287 S US HWY 59 in Nacogdoches, TX.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 6-11-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Allegiance Buys ACE EMS


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Bid Notice


 

 

 

 

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Today's News 6-11-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center Fire Report


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center City Council Meeting & City Updates


 

 

 

 

 

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CITY OF CENTER TO HOST 2018 REGIONAL WORLD SERIES


 

 

 

 

 

CENTER, Texas (June 8, 2018) – The City of Center and Center Youth Baseball are excited
to announce the 2018 Dixie Regional World Series will be hosted in Center from Friday, July 20
through Monday, July 23.
 
Last October, the City Council created a committee to start the process of soliciting the World
Series. Unlike the other baseball tournaments hosted, the bid is not a financial commitment,
but rather what can the community offer during the event. The World Series is hosted by larger
cities across Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. “This truly is a great opportunity to
showcase our town to others who would normally not have a reason to visit Center,” said Center
Mayor David Chadwick. “This is quite an accomplishment for our community and the committee
to secure such a significant event for a town our size.”
 
“The Regional World Series consists of 35-40 teams from the South,” explained Center
Recreation Director Jason Mitchell. “Center will be allowed to have a host team in each division
and this also gives our players some great exposure to another level of competition.”
“We really want these families and teams to have a great experience in Center and we need
community support to represent ourselves well,” Chadwick continued. There will be volunteer
opportunities during the World Series, including staffing the tournament. “We also need host
families to show hospitality to our out-of-town visitors.” Lastly, there are sponsorship
opportunities for local businesses during the tournament. The deadline for sponsors to get their
ads in the tournament book is July 1.
 
To facilitate communication and information, the World Series will have a mobile app. Simply
download the Attendify app and search for 2018DYB to stay current on this event.
 
Anyone interested in sponsoring, staffing the tournament, or being a host family should visit the
City website at www.CenterTexas.org or contact Jason Mitchell at 936-590-7196.
 
 
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 12th day of June 2018 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room
at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 6-8-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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TxDOT Update


 

 

SHELBY COUNTY
 
US 96: Crews are working to plane and level up the roadway and apply a permeable friction course from Center to Tenaha. Daily lane closures expected.
 
US 84: This project to safety treat fixed objects from the Rusk County Line to US 59 is completing with clean up and vegetative establishment.
 
SH 7: Crews will continue to place a permeable friction course overlay from the San Augustine County line to Mount Hermon. Daily lane closures expected.
 
SH 87: Work continues as crews install driveway culverts and extensions through the project designed to improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to SH 147.
 
CR 4059: Crews are placing riprap at Poor Joe Creek in this bridge replacement project.
 
CR 4620: Work continues on the detour bridge along with right of way work at this bridge replacement project at Risinger Creek.
 
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
SH 21: Work continues to replace the bridge at Perkins Creek. Daily lane closures expected.
 
SH 21: The flex base is being cement treated at this bridge replacement project over Niciper Creek.
 
FM 705: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment on this project designed to safety treat fixed objects from SH 147 to 2.4 miles south of FM 83.
 
FM 711: Work continues to place flexible base material and mix cement on this project designed to reconstruct and widen pavement from the Shelby County line to US 96. Daily lane closures expected
 
SABINE COUNTY
 
FM 2024: Spot sealing and edge repair in various locations.
 
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
 
SH 21: Work continues to improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to the San Augustine County line. Motorists should expect daily lane closures. A pilot car is in place to guide motorists.
 
SH 21 West: Crews will continue to mill and inlay near the Nacogdoches Courthouse at BU 59. Daily lane closures expected.
 
SH 21 East: Repairs to the road base are scheduled just east of Chireno. Lane closures expected.
 
SH 103: Work continues to upgrade metal beam guard fence to design standards from Angelina County to the San Augustine County line. Daily lane closures expected.
 
FM 95: Crews are working to drill shafts at the bridge replacement project at Terrapin Creek.
 
FM 1087: Barricades have been removed and crews are monitoring vegetative establishment on this project to safety treat fixed objects from US 259 to FM 95.
 
FM 1878: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment and doing final cleanup on this project designed to replace the bridge at LaNana Creek.
 
POLK COUNTY
 
FM 356: Crews are installing hand rail on this project where the pavement has been reconstructed and widened with a continuous two-way left turn lane and 10-foot shoulders from 1.1 miles north of US 190 to US 190.
 
Wells Landing: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment on this bridge replacement project.
 
 
 
 

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Pacey Rhodes Heads to National Rodeo


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pacey Rhodes

 

 

Thirteen year old Pacey Rhodes is headed to the Junior High National Rodeo Finals in Huron, South Dakota to be held June 25th - 30th. Pacey is the son of Robbie Rhodes and Heather Rhodes, and the grandson of J. T. and Jeanie Rhodes of Timpson.
 
 
 
 
Pacey competes in the Texas Region 5 Junior High Rodeo Association. His event is Chute Dogging. In the recent State Finals, Pacey placed first, with a time of 2.60 seconds in the first round on Tuesday, May 29th. First, with a time of 1.98 seconds, in the second round on Thursday, May 31st. The short go on Saturday, June 2nd, got him a third, with a time of 4.90 seconds. After all the points and times were calculated, he was 4th in the state. This earned him four beautiful belt buckles, and more importantly, a spot in the Junior High Rodeo National Finals!

 

 

 

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Tenaha PD Officer Joey Hudnall Receives K9


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Officer Joey Hudnall with the Tenaha police department has received a K9 donated by Police Chief Tim Barton with the Garrison Police Department.  Officer Hudnall also works as a reserve officer with the Garrison PD.  
 
 
 
Officer Joey Hudnall and K9 Nyx
 
 
The dog named Nyx is a 3 year old female Belgian Malinois and it is trained in narcotics detection and handler protection, this means the dog is not an attack dog but would help defend Officer Hudnall if the situation ever called for it.  The dog has been trained to listen to commands only in German.  This is the third K9 that Officer Hudnall has worked with during his law enforcement career.  The previous dogs were a male Belgian Malinois and a black female Labrador. K9 Nyx is not the Tenaha Police Department’s dog but belongs to Officer Hudnall so he takes the dog home with him when he is off duty .  The State of Texas requires him to keep training records of the K9.  Officer Hudnall is responsible for Nyx’s police training, which he must do every day and keep records on.  In addition Officer Hudnall must pay for all of Nyx’s food, upkeep, and medical expenses.  
 
 
 
Officer Joey Hudnall, K9 Nyx & Teanaha PD K9 Unit Vehicle
 
 
The Tenaha PD also received a new K9 unit vehicle.  The K9 vehicle has a remote door that Officer Hudnall can use to deploy his K9 from the side of the vehicle. 
 
 
 
K9 Holding Area
 
 
The vehicle also has temperature detection built in, if the digital thermostat reads over 85 degree inside of the vehicle then it alerts Officer Hudnall in a couple ways: the alarm is set off, the horn begins honking. 
 
 
 
Digital Thermostat
 
 
If it get too hot the vehicle also engages a cooling system for the dog.  It lowers the windows and actives built in fans to cool the dog.  The windows do have a cage behind the glass to prevent the dog from jumping out when lowered.        
 
 
 
K9 Cooling Fan 
 
 
The Tenaha City Council approved the Tenaha PD to get 3 new vehicles: the K9 vehicle for Officer Joey Hudnall, and police vehicles for Tenaha PD Chief Jeremy H. Pope and Officer Carlson. 
 
 
Tenaha PD Vehicle
 
The vehicles are on lease with the Tenaha Police Department though Cap Fleet Upfitters a company that specializes in replacing, upgrading and supplying new police vehicles. 
 
 
 

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Nacogdoches Blueberry Festival


 

 

The 29th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Tipton Ford-Lincoln and produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 9th in historic downtown Nacogdoches.
 
The festival begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, with sweet blueberry entertainment, arts and craft vendors, tasty treats, shows and activities all will enjoy through the day. Look for more exciting blueberry-inspired fun in Nacogdoches after the festival closes at 4 p.m.
 
Continue to check TexasBlueberryFestival.com for updates on all the fun!
 
 
 
Hug a Hero!
 
Hug a Hero! gives everyone a chance to personally thank the people that serve and protect us.
 
Local fire and safety, EMS, veterans and community leaders will be at the Tipton Ford-Lincoln Photo Booth in front of the downtown Visitors Center at 200 E. Main St. Stop by, take a photo and personally express appreciation for their service!
 
 
 
Activities for Kids:
 
BLUEBERRY KIDS in FESTIVAL PARK
 
Kids' KSWP/KAVX Obstacle Course - New and improved with fun activities and challenges kids will love. Prizes for kids of all ages. 
 
Craft Corner - FREE activities for children. Art and craft projects for children that will vary through the day. Special Thank You to Eaton Cooper Power Systems for making this fun event possible.
 
Kids Splash & Bounce Park - Giant inflatables for giggles and spills. Inflatables with water feature! Individual and $10 Unlimited Bounce wristbands available. Sponsored by Party'N Things / Space Walk of East Texas.
 
Big Blue Murals - We're looking for artists of all ages to express their creative talent on our super-sized canvas!
 
Cool Zone - Water misters, cold bottled water and cool fans! Sponsored by NMC Health Network.
 
PLUS!  Vendor activities include a train ride, big bubble balls and a rock wall!
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 6-8-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Road Construction on HWY 96


 

 

There is road construction today 6-7-18 going on HWY 96 between Center and Tenaha expect a travel delay if you are headed that way.

 

 

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Evening News 6-7-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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McMahon Trial Results


 

 

 
 
The jury ruled in the McMahon trial that was held yesterday 6-6-18 at the active Shelby County Courthouse that both Randa and Matthew Cole McMahon will have their parental rights terminated and that custody of their child will go to the child's grandmother on the mother's side Margaret Regina Raymond.
 
 
 
 
The McMahon were both arrested in 2017 for the charge of injury to a their child who at the time was 4 years old.  The Somervelle County Sheriff’s Department executed two felony warrants on behalf of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, June 2, 2017 for Matthew McMahon, 29, of Shelbyville and Randa Askew Faust McMahon, 36, of Shelbyville, for Injury to a Child (F-1). The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office sought the warrants after investigating allegations of child abuse against a 4 year-old child.
 
During the investigation, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office found reason to believe that the defendants were locking the child in a large dog kennel and a closet for extensive periods of time.  Randa McMahon age 36 and Matthew age 29 were originally arrested on July 19th for child endangerment charges. 
 
After that arrest the McMahon's made bail, only to be arrested again.  The couple has lost parental rights to their child and are awaiting to face their day in court for criminal charges.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pacey Rhodes Heads to National Rodeo Finals


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirteen year old Pacey Rhodes is headed to the Junior High National Rodeo Finals in Huron, South Dakota to be held June 25 thru 30th. Pacey is the son of Robbie Rhodes and Heather Rhodes, and the grandson of J. T. and Jeanie Rhodes of Timpson.
 
 
 
 
Pacey competes in the Texas Region 5 Junior High Rodeo Association. His event is Chute Dogging. In the recent State Finals, Pacey placed first, with a time of 2.60 seconds in the first round on Tuesday, May 29. First, with a time of 1.98 seconds, in the second round on Thursday, May 31. The short go on Saturday, June 2, got him a third, with a time of 4.90 seconds. After all the points and times were calculated, he was 4th in the state. This earned him four beautiful belt buckles, and more importantly, a spot in the Junior High Rodeo National Finals!
 
 
 

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Radio News 6-7-18 McMahon Trial


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD School Board Meeting


 

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.

 

 

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D-Day VFW Memorial Coverage


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The VFW Post 8904 and the Auxillary held a D-Day Memorial service today 6-6-18 on the downtown Center city square at the Historical Shelby County Courthouse.  The even was brief starting at 10 a.m. and had a good turnout.  Below is video coverage of the event along with a link to pictures.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 
 
The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met today 6-6-18 a little after 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse 2nd floor meeting room.  Once in session they took the following actions:
 
1.  They approved and paid weekly expenses.
 
2. No public comments were issued on agenda items.
 
3. The court approved the donation of 4 loads of Limestone from Longview Asphalt for the Shelby County Expo Center drive.
 
4.  They discussed and approved a contract between DSHS and the Shelby County Clerk to allow for remote birth certificates.
 
5.  The court discussed and approved the memorandum of understanding between the office of the Attorney General and Shelby County.  This allows the Attorney General to install and maintain their own secure internet service at the active Shelby County Courthouse.  This will not come county funds and will be paid for entirely by the Attorney General's office.
 
6.  Lastly the court adjourned.
 
 
  

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Sabine-Angelina Resource Advisory Committee to meet


 

 

 
The Sabine-Angelina Resource Advisory Committee will discuss, recommend and approve new Title II projects and collaborate upcoming stewardship projects and future restoration projects at its meeting June 19 at the Sabine National Forest Ranger’s Office in Hemphill.
 
The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
 
The meeting will begin June 19 at 3 p.m. at the Sabine National Forest Ranger’s Office, 5050 State Hwy 21 East, Hemphill, TX 75948.
 
The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by June 8, to be scheduled on the agenda.  Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time for oral comments must be sent to Becky Nix, RAC Coordinator, Sabine-Angelina Resource Advisory Committee, 5050 State Highway 21 E, Hemphill, Texas 75948; by email to bnix@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 409-625-1953.
 
For more information, contact Kimpton Cooper, Designated Federal Official for the RAC, at 936-639-8501 or kmcooper@fs.fed.us, or Becky Nix, Forest RAC Coordinator, at 936-897-1068 or bnix@fs.fed.us.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Vigil to be Held in Honor of Drowned Student


 

 

 

 

 

 

Logansport High School held a small time of prayer and counseling for students this morning 6-5-18 at 9 a.m. at the LHS gym.  Approximately 100 students turned out, also including guidance councilors, deputies with DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeSoto School Superintendent Clay Corley, coaches, pastors, and youth pastors.  
 
 
There will be a community wide vigil held this afternoon at 6 p.m. in the Logansport High School gym.  
 
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting Results


 

 

The City of Tenaha held a city council meeting last night 6-4-18 and took the following actions:
 
1. Called to Order.
 
2. Welcomed every, said the pledges, and opening prayer.
 
3. Gave the roll call.
 
4. Recommend and approved the replacement of Council Member Natalie Harris with Debbie Spurlock.
 
5. Considering appointing a new city manager, but took no action on appointing a new City Manager, a decision will be made in a future meeting.
 
6. The City Council went into a closed session.  They took no action on appointing a new City secretary.  
 
7. Closed session end and the meeting was reopened to the public.
 
8. The Council gave their comments.
 
9. Lastly the council adjourned.
 
 
 
 

 

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DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Seeks Tractor Thief


 

 

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect and locating a stolen 1999 John Deer 6410 Tractor with Rhino Bushhog. (Pictured below)
 
 
 
 
Recently this man was captured on camera driving what is believed to be a white 4-door Chevrolet Dually. The vehicle year model is believed to be between a 2008-2013. At this time, one John Deer Tractor and Bushhog was stolen from the 4500 Block of Fire Tower Rd. in Grand Cane, LA.
 
Desoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956, Detective Jordan Ebarb. You also can visit P3Tips.com or download the free P3 Tips App in Google Play or Apple Store.
 
 
 

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DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Conduct Search of the River


 

 
The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office and Fire District 1 searched the Sabine river yesterday 6-4-18 to located the body of a juvinille.
 
At around 12:35 p.m. yesterday 6-4-18, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call from DeSoto 911 in regards to a possible accidental drowning at the River Front in Logansport, LA. Deputies arrived at the scene and spoke with several friends who had been swimming together at the time of the incident. 
 
The initial investigation revealed that a teenage subject went under the water and did not resurface. Search and Rescue teams from the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office and DeSoto Fire District 1 responded to the location. Divers were able to recover a body from the river. 
 
The victim has been identified as a 15 year old male juvenile. Sheriff Jayson Richardson asks that you please keep the family and friends of the teenager in your thoughts and prayers for the foreseeable future.
 
15-year-old Javier Simpson drowned in the Sabine river yesterday.  It is believed to be an accidental death.  A vigil will be held tonight 6-5-18 at the Logansport High School at 6 p.m.
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nacogdoches Crash


 

 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) are currently investigating a two vehicle crash on SH 103 near Etoile involving two overturned vehicles.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 10 a.m., a 2018 Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling east on SH 103. A westbound 2011 Chevrolet passenger car drove over into the eastbound lane and struck the Freightliner, causing both vehicles to overturn.
 
The driver of the commercial vehicle is identified as John Morgan, 57, from Etoile.  Morgan reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
 
The driver of the Chevrolet is identified as Favian Cordero, 20, from Lufkin.  Cordero was transported to a Nacogdoches Hospital for treatment.  Motorists are urged to use caution in this area as first responders work to clear the scene.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time. 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Agenda


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 6th day of June, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
 
2. Public comments on Agenda items.
 
3. Approve donation of 4 loads of Limestone from Longview Asphalt for the Shelby County Expo Center drive.
 
4. Discuss and possibly approve a contract between DSHS and Shelby County Clerk to remote Birth Certificates. 
 
5. Discuss and possibly approve Memorandum of Understanding between the office of The Attorney General and Shelby County.
 
6. Adjourn.
 
 

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Historical Marker Placement Ceremony


 

 
 
 
 
 
Today 6-2-18 at 10 a.m. a crowd gathered to see a historical marker unveiled at the Fairview cemetery in Center, TX.  The Fairview cemetery is located in East Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.  The cemetery is the second oldest cemetery in Center, TX it was founded in 1901. 
 
 
 
Colleen Doggett
 
Colleen Doggett with the Shelby County Historical Commission gave a speech.  The marker was unveiled by her and the Mayor of Center David Chadwick.  After the unveiling Leigh Porterfield lead the group in singing God Bless America.  

 

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Drunken Crash Leads to Arrest


 

 

 
 
SHELBY COUNTY - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a non-injury
crash early this morning 6-1-18 on US 96, just south of CR 1009, resulting in the arrest of the
intoxicated driver.
 
The preliminary crash report indicates at approximately 12:30 a.m., a 2006 GMC pickup was
traveling south and reportedly drove onto the southbound shoulder to avoid a vehicle traveling
north in the southbound lane. The driver of the truck over-corrected to the left and overturned.
 
The driver is identified as 54-year-old Charlotte Gillespie from Center, TX. She was arrested for
driving while intoxicated and transported to the Shelby County jail.
 
No additional information is available at this time. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 6-1-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

 

 

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TxDOT Crash Report


 

 

LUFKIN – As the Click It Or Ticket safety campaign comes to a close on June 2, fatalities from unrestrained motorists have increased in the Lufkin District. State statistics for the fiscal year also show higher fatality rates in rural areas.
 
Seat belt usage statewide stood at 92-percent for 2017, but the Lufkin District continues to see injuries and fatalities occurring within the past few weeks that are alarming. Wearing a seat belt increases the chances of surviving a crash by 60 percent.
 
“In our nine-county Lufkin District, three unrestrained fatalities were recorded in a seven day period in May,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “Some of the crashes we are seeing are unexplainable, while others can be attributed to distracted driving and unrestrained motorists. Unfortunately, there are no do-overs when it comes to a crash and we believe that so many of these fatalities and serious injuries could have been avoided if a seat belt had been used.”
 
For the current fiscal year that began in September 2017, the Lufkin District has recorded 67 fatalities, with 22 of those unrestrained, totaling 32.8 percent. Fatality rates for 2015 stood at 22 or 27.2 percent; 2016 stood at 31 fatalities or 32 percent; 2017 stood at 34 fatalities or 38.6 percent.
 
Total crashes and fatalities recorded from Sept. 1, 2017 through May 25, 2018 in the Lufkin District are:
 
Angelina County: 1,256 total crashes, with 16 fatalities - six fatalities (two unrestrained) in April and two in May;
 
Nacogdoches County: 770 crashes, with 10 fatalities – one (unrestrained) in April and two in May;
 
Polk County: 536 total crashes, with 16 fatalities – one (unrestrained) in March, three (one unrestrained) in April, and one in May;
 
San Jacinto County: 278 total crashes, with five fatalities - two in April;
 
Shelby County: 294 total crashes and four fatalities (one unrestrained) in March;
 
San Augustine County: 81 total crashes with eight fatalities (two unrestrained) in March;
 
Sabine County: 70 total crashes with four fatalities; 
 
Houston County: 195 total crashes with four fatalities;
 
Trinity County: 82 total crashes with 0 fatalities.
 
 
In Texas, state law requires everyone in the vehicle to be secured with a seat belt no matter where they are sitting in the vehicle. Children must be properly restrained in a child safety seat appropriate for their age and size. It is a fact that seat belts save lives and protect motorists from serious injuries in a crash. That is the reason Texas has laws that require drivers and passengers to buckle up.
 
 
 
 

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