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Miss Texas Teen Jaden Washington


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaden Washington a Shelby County local won this year's Miss Texas Teen. In an interview with Center Broadcasting Company, she expressed her gratitude for winning and told us what lead her into competing in beauty pageants, to begin with.

 
 
 

 

 

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Earl Hill Wanted


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking the whereabouts of Prince Earl Hill, 50, of Center.
 
Hill is described as a black male, 5’6”, 265 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. 
Hill is wanted by the Irving Police Department for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony 2.
 
Hill’s last known address was 386 Lakewood Drive in Center, Texas.
 
If you have any information regarding this individual, you are urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department at 936-598-5601 or call 9-1-1 immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 7-31-18


 

 

 

 

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Shooter Commits Suicide


 

 

On Sunday, July 29th, 2018 at approximately 10:50 a.m., Panola county 911 received a call reporting a shooting at a residence on FM 959 north of Beckville, Texas.  The caller reported that the actor fled the scene in a black Ford Explorer, still armed with an AK-47 type rifle. 

 

Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased female victim inside the residence with a single gunshot wound.  A witness reported that the suspect shot the victim with the AK style rifle after a brief altercation then demanded the keys to the witness's vehicle, which he fled the scene in.  As the information became available, it was shared with surrounding agencies.  During this short time frame, and before any of the information was available to be shared, a Tatum PD officer made contact with the suspect vehicle which appeared to be disabled on HWY 149 near the Tatum city limits.  At the time the officer did not know that this was possibly the murder suspect due to the short period between the shooting and the information being obtained by investigators. 

 

The Tatum officer called our office via the radio to report the disabled vehicle.  The dispatcher on duty was able to give the Tatum officer the limited information we had just in case he observed the suspect vehicle.  The Tatum officer advised that he believed the vehicle he was out with was possibly the suspect vehicle.  The officer took cover and demanded the suspect out of the vehicle at which time the suspect took his own life with the suspected murder weapon.  The officer was uninjured in the incident. 

 

Tatum PD, Rusk County Sheriff's investigators, and the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident in Tatum.  Panola County investigators are handling the murder with the assistance of the Texas Rangers.  We will be working closely with all agencies involved to bring this case to a close.  The names of the victim and the suspect are not being released at this time pending family notifications.  

 
 
 

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Jackie Kirkwood Appointed Shelby County JP 4


 

Jenny Hicks was suspended as Tenaha J.P. Pct. 4 and Mr. Jackie Kirkwood was appointed in her place.  Center Broadcasting Company visited with him and learned he has been serving the public in one way or another his whole life.

 

 

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Jesse Griffith Talks About Joaquin Public Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Evening News 7-30-18


 

 

 

 

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City of Joaquin NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING


 

 
The City Council of Joaquin will hold a Public Hearing Friday, August 3, 2018 at 
5:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
(I)Hold a public hearing regarding the possible establishment of a City of Joaquin Police Department. 
 
(II) Adjourn.
 
 
 

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Today's News 7-30-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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DPSO Animal Cruelty Arrest


 

 

 

 

 

 

On July 20, 2018, a patrol unit from DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 613 Catuna Road in Catuna, LA in reference to a complaint of numerous dogs in bad health conditions.  When DeSoto Animal Control and the Deputy arrived at the address three dogs could be seen from the road that appeared to be severely malnourished.  Upon further inspection, the Deputy and Animal Control was able to locate six more dogs at the residence.  All nine dogs appeared to have been deprived of adequate water, food, or shelter during the 100+ degree weather.  One dog was located with severe injuries to its facial area, while eight dogs were tied to a tree by heavy chains.  No residents were home at the time.  All nine dogs were seized by DeSoto Animal Control at that time and taken to the animal shelter.  An investigation revealed that the address was registered to an Otis C. Williams Jr. (B/M - D.O.B. 10/27/1982). Upon arriving home, Williams located a notice left by DeSoto Animal Control that his dogs had been seized, and on July 21, 2018, Williams contacted the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office to inquire as to why his dogs had been taken.  The Deputy then returned to the residence to question Williams at which time Williams admitted to being the owner of the dogs but adamantly insisted that he regularly feeds and waters the animals and that there was nothing wrong with them.  Williams also revealed to the Deputy they had not been fed in three days.  At that time, the Deputy advised Williams of his Miranda Rights. Williams was placed under arrest and transported to the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.
 
 
 
Otis Charles Williams Jr. was charged with:
9 Counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals
 
 
 

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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 1st day of August, 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.Consider renewing the Declaration of Disaster and Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning.
 
3.Adjourn. 
 
 

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VFW Korean War Memorial 2018


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The VFW Post 8904 and the Auxillary held a memorial today 7-27-18 at 10 a.m. at the historical Shelby County Courthouse square in Center, TX.  The memorial was held in honor of the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, our Korean War veterans were honored.  Larry Hume VFW Post Quartermaster lead the event.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speed Limit to be Lowered in Tenaha


 

 

LUFKIN – Speed limits in Tenaha, in Shelby County, are scheduled to be lowered following a recommendation from TxDOT and approval by Tenaha City Commissioners.
 
The speed limit on FM 2695 will be lowered to 45 miles per hour from 55 miles per hour from FM 947 to Loop 157.
 
A new school zone will also be added with a speed limit set at 25 miles per hour when lights are flashing from a point approximately .038 miles northeast of FM 947 to a point approximately .241 miles north-eastward. When lights are not activated, the speed limit will be 45 miles per hour in either direction.
 
These new speed limits will be enforceable once signs are set. Motorists should stay alert when traveling through a school zone. It is illegal to use a cell phone in a school zone or text and drive in Texas.
 
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.
 
 

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DPSO/DPSB Endeavor Signed


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On July 26, 2018, Sheriff Jayson Richardson and Superintendent Clay Corley signed a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office and the DeSoto Parish School Board to further enhance school safety. The agreement adds additional School Resource Deputies at multi-campus locations. The top priority of both agencies is the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors on campus. Physical presence represents a small portion of the programs and plans that are already in place to ensure safety and security at each school campus. Active shooter response drills and vulnerability assessments are held yearly, and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s dispatch center has live access to all school cameras to allow rapid response to any situation that may arise. We are pleased to have a relationship between DPSO and DPSB that allows us to achieve such accomplishments to ensure safety on our school campuses.
 
 
 
Pictured left to right:  Dr. Darrell Hampton, Sheriff Jayson Richardson, Superintendent Clay Corley.
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 7-27-18


 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

Current Pattern: Most of the region is in the Dry, Hot area ahead of the arrow on the slide...that does include SA County & Northward

 

 

 

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RETURN TO VIETNAM DRAWING "FREE TRIP COURTESY OF VFW"


 

 

If you received a Purple Heart for being wounded in Vietnam, you could be one of nine lucky veterans to win VFW’s “Return to Vietnam” trip. This in-country tour from April 25 - May 8, 2019, will include Hanoi, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the DMZ, Khe Sanh, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Marble Mountain, Cu Chi and Tay Ninh.
 
 
 
Entries must be received prior to the drawing on November 30, 2018. Winners will be notified by mail or email immediately after the drawing.
 
 
 
Winners will receive: • Economy airfare from their hometown to Vietnam. • Single-room accommodations with three meals daily. • Tours of sites listed above. • Travel visa fee.
 
 
 
Entry forms can be picked up at Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha Street, Center, Texas or they can be emailed to you by sending information to chief@chiefimaging.com.  Call Larry Hume, VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster for more information.
 
 
 
 

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Shooting Champion Colton Gutermuth Interview


 

 

 

"Colton would like to thank Hawkeye Hunting Club for the support."  

 

 

The 2018 Comal County Claybusters held their annual shoot on July 14 and 15 at the National Shooting complex in San Antonio.  This shoot is commonly called the state warmup shoot because it is the weekend before the State 4-H games.  Representing Shelby County 4-H were Colton Gutermuth, Dawson McFadden and Lance Holloway.  They competed in American skeet, American trap, sporting clays and 4H whizbang.  Colton placed third in senior 1 whizbang.
 
The following week the annual Texas 4H shotgun games were held July17-21st  at the National shooting complex in San Antonio.   This year’s tournament had over 870 kids ranging in age from 3rd  grade to recent high school graduates.  Shelby county 4H shooters had three attend the shoot. They were Colton Gutermuth, Dawson McFadden and Lance Holloway.   In the senior 1 division, Colton wins state in trap with a perfect 100/100 targets hit.  He also placed 3rd in American HOA (High Overall) events which includes skeet and trap.  Lance Holloway placed 6th in modified trap and 6th in American skeet.  Overall, the team had a great week in San Antonio.  We would like to say congratulations on a job well done representing Shelby County 4-H.
 
 
State Participants:
 
 
Left to right:  Lance Holloway, Dawson 
McFadden and Colton Gutermuth

 

 

Comal County participants:

 

 

Left to right:  Dawson McFadden,
Lance Holloway, and Colton Gutermuth
 

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Log Truck Wreck on HWY 87


 

SHELBY COUNTY – On July 26, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two vehicle crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on SH 87, just south of FM 1645.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5 p.m., a 1998 International truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling north on SH 87. A 2015 Jeep SUV reportedly disregarded the stop sign at the intersection of SH 87 and FM 1645 and was struck by the International.
 
The driver of the truck tractor is identified as 37-year-old Aubrey Lacy from Center. Lacy was not reportedly injured during the crash.
 
The driver of the Jeep is identified as 23-year-old Sandra Zamarron from Tenaha.  Zamarron and three children ages two, three and four were transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for treatment. The four year old child was later transported Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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House Fire on HWY 87 North


 

 

There was a house fire that occurred early this morning 7-27-18 at around 5 a.m. the fire happened at, HWY 87 north on CR1465, just before Menzies.
 
 
 
 
 

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Agriculture in East Texas: Rodney Golden


 

 

 

 

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Center High School Student Reggie Daniels College Signing


 

 

Reggie Daniels has been offered a basketball scholarship with Paris Jr College.  He will be signing on Tuesday, July 31st at 10:00 at the CHS library. 

 
 

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Center Homicide Update


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evening News 7-26-18


 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

 
 
This mornings start to the day was a very nice 69 degrees. It will warm to a toasty 98 to 101 degrees
 
 
UV Index is in the Extreme level
 
 
Our Pollen Count is Low and mostly tree related.  However, some Ragweed is beginning to show in the pollen count. Yes, that is the source of the itchy eye, sneezing, coughing, & nasal drainage that will be with us until our first hard freeze...in mid NOVEMBER!!!
 
Dry air continues until maybe Monday-Tuesday of next week, but a little rain is anticipated to bring us to slightly below normal temperatures. 
 
 
 

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US Forest Service seeks applicants for recreation advisory committee


 

 

 
 
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking nominations to fill four positions on the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee to serve national forests across the Southeast. The committee is tasked with reviewing fee proposals for the forests in 13 southern states and Puerto Rico and recommending fee changes.
 
Potential nominees must represent the following forest-related interests:
 
-- Category One:  Five people who represent recreation users, one in each position:  camping, summer motorized, summer non-motorized, wildlife and nature viewing/viewing of interpretive sites and hunting and fishing. The target for recruitment for 2018 is for one committee member to represent camping and one that could represent non-motorized recreation.
 
-- Category Two:  Three people who represent interest groups that include:  outfitter and guides (two positions), and local environmental groups (one position). The target for recruitment for 2018 is for one committee member to represent local environmental groups.
 
-- Category Three:  Three people, one in each position:  State tourism official, a person who represents affected local government interests, and a person who represents affected Indian tribes’ issues.  The target for recruitment for 2018 is for one committee member to represent local government.
 
Completed nomination forms are due by Monday, Oct. 1.
 
 
 
Members will be appointed for three-year terms based on the following criteria:
 
-- Which interest groups they represent and how well they are qualified to represent that group.
 
-- Why they want to serve on the committee and what they can contribute.
 
-- Their past experience in working successfully as part of a collaborative group.
 
 
 
Nominees’ demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women and persons with disabilities will be considered in membership selections. U.S. Department of Agriculture policies regarding equal opportunity will be followed.
 
 
 
Committee members will receive travel and per diem expenses for regularly scheduled meetings; however, they will not receive compensation.
 
 
 
More information is available at www.fs.usda.gov/main/r8/recreation/racs or by contacting Caroline Mitchell at 501-321-5318 or r8­_rrac@fs.fed.us. Completed nomination forms are due by Oct. 1 to: Recreation RAC Nomination, P.O. Box 1270, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 79102.
 
 
 

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Tri-County Community Action, Inc. PUBLIC HEARING ANNOUNCEMENT


 

 

 
Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Public Hearing regarding the expectations of receiving a Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) for fiscal year 2019. Budget and Performance Statement outline for purpose use of CSBG funds will be presented.
Tri-County Community Action, Inc. is seeking input on the following:
 
1.Proposed used of CSBG funds
2.Identifying other services that may be needed in the community.
Meeting held for the 9-county general service areas is listed below:
HARRISON, JASPER, NEWTON, PANOLA, SABINE, SAN AUGUSTINE, SHELBY, TYLER & UPSHUR COUNTIES:
 
 
Monday August 6, 2018 7:00pm
214 Nacogdoches St.
Center, Texas
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 7-26-18


 

 

 

 

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Jackie Kirkwood Appointed Shelby County JP 4


 

Yesterday 7-26-18 Jenny Hicks was suspended as Shelby County JP Pct. 4 and Jackie Kirkwood was appointed in her place as Shelby County JP Pct. 4 below is a statement that he issued:

 

 

I want to thank all that have offered prayers for my unspoken need. It has been a blessing and I feel them. Prayers are still needed and God has given an answer. Today, I was appointed to fulfill the duties as acting Justice of the Peace for JP4 of Shelby county. The current JP has been suspended and I assumed the duties today. I covet your prayers that I will perform the duties until either permanently appointed or elected. I also graciously ask for prayers for the suspended JP as my heart is broken for her and God's love is desperately needed.

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

This morning's 67 degree low was a very nice change from our normal Summer morning's heat and today's 94.3 high was nice even though it did feel like 102 at times during the day.
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I will post our long term weather after the NWS Weather Briefing tomorrow morning.
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As we near the midpoint of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, we need to stay aware of what is happening in the Gulf. 
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Dr. Jeff Masters compiled this explanation from several expert research sources to help explain how the Gulf storms form and intensify so rapidly.
 
 
 
Image credit: U.S. Navy 
 
The Loop Current flows northwards into the Gulf of Mexico. Every 6 - 11 months, a bulge in the current cuts off into a clockwise-rotating eddy that then drifts slowly west-southwestward towards Texas. According to Dr. Nick Shay of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, these eddies maintain their core structure until they interact with the steep slope along the Texas shelf. 
 
a near-record amount of heat energy in the Gulf's ocean waters. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are near average, 29° – 30° C (84° – 86° F) in the Eastern Gulf, where persistent cloud cover and windy conditions in recent days have acted to keep SSTs from warming to above-average levels. However, SSTs are 30° – 31°C (86° - 88°F) in the central and western Gulf, more than 1°C (1.8°F) above average. That’s a lot of heat in the waters for potential hurricanes to feast on.  
 
- But SSTs don’t tell the whole story. When a slow-moving hurricane traverses a shallow area of warm ocean waters, the hurricane’s powerful winds will churn up cold waters from the depths, cooling the surface and putting the brakes on any rapid intensification the hurricane may have had in mind. But when unusually warm ocean waters extend to great depth—down 100 meters or more below the surface—the hurricane’s churning winds simply stir up more warm water, allowing dangerous rapid intensification to occur if ?the upper levels of our atmosphere's ? wind shear is low. 
 
Last year’s trio of great hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—all underwent rapid intensification into major hurricanes when they were located over waters with above-average SSTs, where the warm waters extended to great depth. Thus, total Ocean Heat Content (OHC) is a key metric used to determine the potential for hurricane rapid intensification. 
 
In the Gulf of Mexico, the deepest warm water is found in the Loop Current--an ocean current that transports warm Caribbean water through the Yucatan Channel between Cuba and Mexico. The current flows northward into the Gulf of Mexico, then loops southeastward just south of the Florida Keys (where it is called the Florida Current), and then goes just west of the westernmost Bahamas. Here, the waters of the Loop Current flow northward along the U.S. coast and become the Gulf Stream. With current speeds of about 1.8 mph (0.8 m/s), the Loop Current is one of the fastest currents in the Atlantic Ocean. The current is about 200 - 300 km (125 - 190 miles) wide, and 800 meters (2600 feet) deep, and is present in the Gulf of Mexico about 95% of the time. During summer and fall, the Loop Current provides a deep (80 - 150 meter) layer of very warm water that can provide a huge energy source for any hurricanes aspiring to become rapidly intensifying major hurricanes. 
 
When a Loop Current eddy breaks off in the Gulf of Mexico at the height of hurricane season, it can lead to a dangerous situation where a vast reservoir of energy is available to any hurricane that might crossover. This occurred in 2005, when a Loop Current eddy separated in July, just before Hurricane Katrina passed over and "bombed" into a Category 5 hurricane. The eddy remained in the Gulf and slowly drifted westward during September. Hurricane Rita passed over the same Loop Current eddy three weeks after Katrina, and also explosively deepened to a Category 5 storm. 
 
A 2018 paper by Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Hurricane Harvey Links to Ocean Heat Content and Climate Change Adaptation concluded: “The bottom line is that the total observed OHC change is remarkably compatible with the total energy released by precipitation and, unsurprisingly, reflects strong energy exchanges during the hurricane.  
 
The total amount of heat energy in the Gulf right now is at near-record levels for this time of year—similar to last year’s levels, and far higher than what was observed during the nasty Hurricane Season of 2005. 
 
 

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Burn Ban Texas Map


 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 
 
The Shelby County Commissioners Court met today 7-25-18 at 9:30 a.m at the active Shelby County Courthouse and after the opening prayers and pledges took the following actions:
 
1.  They approved and paid weekly expenses.
 
2. They approved the current payroll.
 
3. No official public comments on agenda items.  
 
4. Bobby Daw gave a report on the Shelby County Expo Center.
 
5. J.C. Lewis, President of the Shelby County Historical Commission addressed the Court and gave an update on the Comissions business.
 
6. They approved Commissioner Pct. 1 to get bids for a new Billy Dump trailer.
 
7. They Discussed retaining or removing local fees for Chapter 502 of the Transportation Code for the Calendar year of 2019.  They made no changes.
 
8. Bobbie McDaniel address the Commissioners' Court about the Flag at the Sheriff's Office.
 
9. They discussed and approved Commissioner Pct. 3 to create County Road 3704 being 1,836 ft.
 
10. The court adjourned.
 
 

 

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Evening News 7-25-18


 

 

 

 

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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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Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 10-12


 

 

(AUSTIN) — Whether you’re in need of book bags, blackboard chalk or bell-bottom pants, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-12.
 
The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.
 
“As Texas families begin the process of replacing their beach bags with book bags, Texas’ sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save some money on the supplies families need before the school bell rings,” Hegar said. “As a dad to three young children, I know how these expenses can add up.”
 
Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.
 
This year, shoppers will save an estimated $90.3 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday.
 
Texas' tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.
 
 

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Shelby County Burn Ban


 

 

Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison has issued a burn ban for Shelby County effective until future notice.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 7-25-18


 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Civic Auction


 

 

 
 
Don't forget to dust off your boots and grab your favorite bandannas and get ready for some fun this Saturday night at the San Augustine Expo Center.
 
We will have lots items, good food and  lots of games!  So grab a friend and come on out to see us. 
 
For more information call Brandi at the Chamber, 936-275-3610.
 
 

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Missing Person


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a missing person from our area.  Michael Langford (W/M - 39 years old) was reported missing by his family on July 18, 2018 from the Stonewall area.  Michael is described as around 6 feet tall, 190lbs, blue eyes, with brown hair of varying hair styles.  Michael suffers from manic depression and is not considered a danger to others.  He has also had a brain aneurysm and is in need of medication.    He was last seen riding a black bicycle with a large padded seat and basket on the front.  DeSoto Parish Detectives have determined that Michael used his debit card on July 4th at a Family Dollar Store in DeKalb, TX.  The store manager was able to identify Michael and confirm his intentions of moving to Texarkana, TX. 
 
If anyone has seen Michael or has any information on his whereabouts, please contact Lt. Brett Cooper at the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, 318-872-3956.
 
 

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Evening News 7-24-18


 

 

 

 

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Burn Ban in Panola


 

A outdoor burn ban is now in effect in Panola County until further notice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 7-24-18


 

 

 

 

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Water Leak at D.A'S Office in Center


 

 

 

 

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PUCT Chairman DeAnn Walker Addresses East Texas Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting


 

 

Nacogdoches--The Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), DeAnn Walker, spoke Friday to the annual meeting of East Texas Electric Cooperative (ETEC) and other invited guests.
 
At the meeting held at The Fredonia Hotel in downtown Nacogdoches, Walker spoke about steps being taken to ensure that there is adequate and reliable electric supply to serve our growing state, particularly during the severe heat wave that Texas is currently experiencing. She took questions from the audience following her remarks.
 
Also in attendance at the Friday meeting was Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, Texas House District 11. Clardy currently serves on the House committees on Higher Education, Local and Consent Calendars, Special Purpose Districts and the select committee on Redistricting.
 
Walker has served as chair of the PUCT since Sept. 20, 2017, when Gov. Greg Abbott appointed her to a term that runs until Sept. 1, 2021. She is a graduate of SMU and the South Texas College of Law.
 
Ryan Thomas, General Manager and CEO of ETEC, said, "We were delighted that Chairman Walker was able to join us, and share her insights on the various matters affecting Texas electric utilities and their customers. Our thanks to her for taking the time to come visit with us, and for her service to the state of Texas and its people."
 
 

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Dixie Youth World Series Final Results


 

 

Splendora, TX 2018 T-Ball World Series Champions
 
Malkoff, TX 2018 7U World Series Champions
 
Columbia, MS 2018 9U World Series Champions
 
Monroe, LA 2018 11 U World Series Champions
 
Searcy, AK 2018 Invitational Coach Pitch Champions
 
 
 
 

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Dixie Youth World Series Update


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction Alert


 

 

 

ALERT: A traffic switch is planned today on SH 21 at Perkins Creek at this bridge replacement project in San Augustine County. Once traffic is switched, crews will continue to work beneath the roadway. Motorists should reduce speed and plan for possible delays.

 

 

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Today's News 7-23-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center City Council Meeting & City Updates


 

 

 

City Update Packet Click Here:

 

 

 

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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 25th day of July, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.  in the Courtroom if the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1.Approve and pay weekly expenses.
 
2.Approve current payroll.
 
3.Public comments on Agenda item.
 
4.Bobby Daw to give report on the Shelby County Expo Center.
 
5.J.C. Lewis, President of the Shelby County Historical Commission to address the Court and to give update on Commission business.
 
6.Discuss and possibly approve Commissioner Pct. 1 to get bids for a new Belly Dump trailer. 
 
7.Discuss and possibly take action to retain or remove local fees for Chapter 502 of the Transportation Code for the Calendar year 2019.
 
8.Tax Assessor Collector, Debora Riley PCAC Continuing Education Transcript to be presented to the Court for evidence of compliance with Texas Code Sec 6:231 (d). No action needed.
 
9.Bobbie McDaniel to address Commissioners’ Court about the Flag at the Sheriff’s Office.
 
10.Discuss and possibly approve Commissioner Pct. 3 to create County Road 3704 being 1,836 ft.
 
11.Adjourn.
 
 

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Timpson City Council Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 23rd day of July, 2018 at 5:30 pm. at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit:  

 

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TxDOT Update


 
SHELBY COUNTY
 
US 96: Crews are scheduled to place hot mix asphalt pavement on this project designed to plane and level up the roadway and apply a permeable friction course from US 84 to SH 87. 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 are scheduled to place striping on this project that has placed a permeable friction course on the roadway from the San Augustine County line to Mount Hermon. Daily lane closures expected.
 
CR 4620: Crews continue to build the detour bridge and metal beam guard fence on this bridge replacement project at Risinger Creek.
 
FM 3172: Crews are scheduled to seal the roadway. Motorists should expect lane closures.
 
FM 699: Crews are scheduled to seal the roadway in various locations.
 
Various locations: Debris removal and patching roadways.
 
 
SABINE COUNTY
 
FM 2343: Crews are scheduled to do level up and base work. Motorists should prepare for delays and lane closures.
 
 
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
SH 21: Crews are constructing tie-ins at this bridge replacement project at Perkins Creek. Daily lane closures expected.
 
SH 21: Crews are waiting for prime surfaces to cure at this bridge replacement project over Niciper Creek.
 
FM 705: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment on this project where work has completed to safety treat fixed objects from SH 147 to 2.4 miles south of FM 83.
 
FM 711: Crews are mixing cement and hauling flex base on this project designed to reconstruct and widen the surface from the Shelby County line to US 96.`
 
 
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
 
SH 21: Work continues to improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects with culvert extensions from SH 7 to the San Augustine County line. Motorists should expect daily lane closures.
 
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.
 
SL 224 East: Crews are scheduled to work on shoulder repairs. Motorists should expect delays and reduce speed.
 
FM 95: Crews are working to form bridge decks at the bridge replacement project at Terrapin Creek.
 
FM 226: Crews are scheduled to upgrade metal bean guard fence and safety treat fixed objects from SH 21 to the end of pavement. Daily lane closures expected.
 
FM 1638: Crews are scheduled to continue to safety treat fixed objects from FM 698 to US 59/SL 224. Daily lane closures expected.
 
FM 698: Crews will work to clean out culverts in various locations.
 
 

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Wreck Outside of Nacogdoches Traffic Rerouted


 

 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
investigated a two vehicle crash this morning on US 259, about 8 miles north of
Nacogdoches.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 7:45 a.m., a Mack
truck tractor semi-trailer reportedly exited from a private driveway and was
traveling north on US 259 in the outside lane. A 2006 Freightliner truck tractor
semi-trailer was also traveling north on US 259 and failed to control speed and
struck the trailer being towed by the Mack truck tractor. During the crash the left
fuel tank of the Freightliner was ruptured; causing the Freightliner to catch fire.
The driver of the Mack truck is identified as 56-year-old Harvey Gill from
Nacogdoches.
 
The driver of the Freightliner is identified as 43-year-old Carlton Blueitt from
Houston.
 
No injuries were reported as a result of this crash.
 
At this time northbound traffic is being rerouted to one lane in the southbound
lanes until the scene is cleared. Motorists are urged to use caution while in this
area.
 
No additional information is available at this time.
 
 
 
 

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2018 Football Promo


 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

San Augustine Commissioners Court will be held on Tuesday 24th at 9 a.m. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dixie Youth World Series in Center


 

 

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For Scores:

 

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@ Google Play or Apple Store, download “ATTENDIFY” then open and search for “DYB” –
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For more information on the Tournament visit the official Tournament website at: http://centertxworldseries.com
 
For more information on Dixxie Youth Baseball visit their website at :http://youth.dixie.org

 

CENTER, Texas – The 2018 Dixie Invitational World Series tournament will begin this Friday, July 20 at Center Park. A total of 48 teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas are participating. “Opening ceremonies will begin Friday at 7:30 pm, followed by an awesome fireworks show,” said Center Recreation Director, Jason Mitchell.
 
In October 2017, the Center City Council established a committee to start the process of soliciting the tournament. Unlike other tournaments hosted by Center, the successful bid is judged more on what a community can offer the event. “Our City has been given a great opportunity with this tournament,” said Center Mayor David Chadwick. “We want our visitors to have a grand experience when they visit us. This is quite an accomplishment for a City of our size to host an event of this caliber.”
 
“I would encourage everyone to attend Friday’s opening ceremony and especially the fireworks show,” stated City Manager, Chad Nehring. “Putting together all the activities has taken a lot of work from many staff, volunteers and sponsors without which this wouldn’t be possible.”  Friday’s Fireworks display is sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, Cobb-Vantress, Whataburger, Texas State Bank, Borders Poultry Supply and McAdam’s Propane.
 
Dazzle Me Pink and Blue is sponsoring Pizza/ and Movie night Saturday for players while the Shelby County Chamber is hosting a visitors’ reception that evening at the Civic Center. Sunday afternoon, Wal-Mart is helping host a Fun Day at Portacool Park for teams and the community.  “This event really will have a major impact to our local economy and we hope all our local businesses will see benefits,” explained Center Mayor David Chadwick. “I would ask all of our residents that if you see someone from out of town to go out of your way to show them some Center hospitality.”
 
Major sponsors for the World Series are OMNI Environmental, Commissioner Precinct 1, Farmers State Bank, Center Motor Company, T&R’s Steaks & More, Rotary Club of Center, Ultra Shade Plus and Tyson.
 
Anyone interested in staffing the tournament, additional sponsorships or simply helping this weekend should visit the City website at www.CenterTexas.org or contact Jason Mitchell at 936/590-7196 or simply come out to the park and enjoy some quality baseball.
 
 
 
 
 

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Pizza Delivery Man Robbed in Nacogdoches


 

 

At approximately 10:30 pm last night 7-18-18, a pizza delivery man was making a delivery in the 500 block of Lenwood Drive in Nacogdoches, TX. The driver was approached by several male individuals. One of the suspects threatened the driver with a handgun and robbed him of the food. The suspects fled west on Lenwood toward South Street. In all, there were 6-7 suspects in this group.
 
They are described as black males, 18-25 years old, with covers over their faces. There were no injuries reported in this incident. Case under investigation.
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 7-19-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Lt. Register Recognized for DARE Service


 

 

Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to recognize Lieutenant Dean Register for his outstanding devotion to the D.A.R.E. program here in DeSoto Parish for the past 20 years.  D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and Lt. Register has spent the last 20 years of his 24 year career mentoring and teaching kids to "Just Say No" to drugs, gangs, and violence.  It also teaches students to make good choices in every aspect of life.  Among the 28 officers that graduated from the program with Lt. Register only two are still teaching today.  Both officers were recently recognized at the Annual Louisiana D.A.R.E. Training Conference.  Lt. Register, widely known over the years to many students and teachers as "Deputy Dean," was promoted to Sergeant in 2017, and to Lieutenant in 2018.  He continues to teach D.A.R.E. today, as well as supervising all School Resource Officers, Court Bailiffs, and Court House Security.
 
Lt. Register said, "For myself, teaching D.A.R.E. is more than a job, it is a calling that God put on my heart many years ago.  I've often said, 'If you want to make a difference in life then you must choose to be different!'  If we instill good values and morals into the lives of our children then we empower them to one day be able to make that conscious decision to be the change they want to see in the world around them.  I am personally thankful to Sheriff Hugh Bennet for sending me through the program, Sheriff Arbuckle for allowing me to continue the work, and Sheriff Jayson Richardson for his continued support in allowing me to influence and mentor the wonderful children of our parish for many years to come."  
 
Sheriff Richardson said, "Leaders with devotion such as Lt. Dean Register are an asset to have at the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office.  Officers are mostly recognized for law-enforcement and rarely for the relationships they build in our community through deep conviction.  We are eternally grateful for his years of service, his friendship, and his continued commitment to impact the youth of our parish.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

The Shelby County Commissioner’s Court met this morning 7-18-18 at around 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:
 
1. They approved the weekly expenses.
 
2. Bobby Daw was scheduled to give a report on the Shelby County Expo Center, but did not show up for the meeting.
 
3. The Court discussed and approved purchasing new furniture for the courtroom, jury rooms, attorneys’ tables, and judges’ bench.
 
4. The Court adjourned.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 7-18-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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APPLEBY SAND ROAD MURDER INVESTIGATION


 

 

At 2055 hours on July 17th the Nacogdoches Police Department received a 911 call from 2421 Appleby Sand Road. The caller stated that a son had shot his father. NPD personnel responded and located David Alton Collins, 54 of Nacogdoches deceased inside the home. Officers contacted Brian Lee Parker, 36, also of Nacogdoches inside the residence with Collins. Parker is Collins’ step-son.  
 
The investigation revealed that Collins and Parker were involved in an altercation. Collins suffered a single gunshot wound and other visible injury resulting in his death. 
 
Collins was pronounced dead at the scene. Parker was arrested and charged with Murder. 
 
The investigation is in the early stages and is on-going.
 
 
 
 
 

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Letter From the Tenaha PD


 

 

 

 

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Today's News 7-18-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Agriculture in East Texas: Link Charolais


 

This time on Agriculture in East Texas we visited Link Charolais located right outside of Center, Texas.  I meet with the current owner Chris Link and he gave me a tour of his ranch.  Agriculture in East Texas is brought to you by Shelby Savings Bank.  

 

 

 

 

Brought to you by: Shelby Savings Bank

 

 

 

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Timpson City Council Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 17th day of July, 2018 at 5:30 pm. at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas.
 
 
 
 

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American Idol Live! 2018 Dates


 

 

July 11: Redding, CA - Redding Civic Auditorium
July 12: Central Point, OR - Jackson Co. Fair
July 13: Napa, CA - Uptown Theater
July 16: Denver, CO - Paramount Theater
July 19: Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
July 20: San Antonio, TX - The Tobin Center for Performing Arts
July 21: McAllen, TX - McAllen Performing Arts Center
July 23: Tucson, AZ - Fox Tuscon
July 24: Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater
July 26: San Diego, CA - Copley Hall
July 27: Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
July 29: Las Vegas, NV - Orleans Arena
July 30: Modesto, CA - Gallo Center for the Arts
July 31: Livermore, CA - Wente Vineyards
August 1: San Luis Obispo, CA - Fremont Theatre
August 3: Thousand Oaks, CA - Bank of America Performing Arts Center
August 4: Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
August 5: Riverside, CA - Fox Performing Arts Center
August 8: Tulsa, OK - Club Brady
August 9: Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
August 10: St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
August 12: Baltimore, MD - The Lyric
August 13: Albany, NY - The Palace Theatre
August 14: Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
August 16: Westbury, NY - The Space at Westbury
August 17: Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
August 18: Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
August 19: Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditorium
August 21: Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
August 22: Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
August 23: Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theatre
August 24: Sioux Falls, SD - Washington Pavilion
August 27: Salem, OR - Oregon State Fair
August 28: Monroe, WA - Evergreen State Fair
August 30: Billings, MT - Alberta Bair Theater
August 31: Kamas, UT - DeJoria Center
September 2: Deadwood, SD - Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino
September 5: Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
September 6: Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
September 7: Rosemont, IL - Rosemont Theatre
September 9: Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
September 10: Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center
September 12: York, PA - York Fair
September 13: Munhall, PA - Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
September 14: Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie
September 15: New Bedford, MA - Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
September 16: Washington, DC - Warner Theater
 
 

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Today's News 7-17-18


 

 

 

 

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Dixie Youth 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.
 
Brackets & Pools:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Man with the Musical Saw


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Niswonger performed today 7-16-18 at the Center First Baptist Church.  He played his musical saw to the delight of the audience.
 
 
 

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Today's News 7-16-18


 

 

 

 

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2018 What-A-Melon Festival Beauty Pageant Coverage


 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia Johnson was crowned this years queen at the 2018 What-A-Melon beauty pageant.  Below is an interview with her along with coverage at the event.

 

 

What-A-Melon Festival Queen Interview:

 

 

 

Beauty Pageant Coverage:

 

 

Click Here for Photos:

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

The rain was a nice change as was the cooler weather over the last week of so.  However, reality is that we are still in our Summer months doldrums.  The next 10 day forecast is going to reinforce that fact.
 
Temperatures: Mid to upper 90's during the day and mid 70's at night.
Heat Indexes:  100 to 105 "feels like" degrees each day. except for Next Friday and Saturday when we will likely have THI's in the Heat Advisory range of 106+
 
Mostly Sunny with some partly cloudy skies on some days during the 10 day period.
Humidity: 90% and never below 50%+ returns even for our evenings to keep us very warm and sticky.
 
Rain: SLIM TO NONE!!!
Keep hydrated. drink lots of liquid. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Watermelon Eating Contest Coverage & Results


 

 

Video Coverage:

 

 
 
Kid's Divison:
 
1st Place- Evie Simmons
2nd Place- Bailey Askew
3rd Place- Rex Payne
 
 
Women's Division:
 
1st Place- Ruby 
2nd Place- Isabel Santana
3rd Place- Erica Santana
 
 
Men's Divsion:
 
1st Place- Chris Dockens 
2nd Place- William Jacobs 
3rd Place- Dillan Payne 
 
 
 
 

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Spitting Contest Winners & Coverage


 

 

Video Coverage:

 

 

 

Kid's Divison:
 
1st Place-John Ford
2nd Place-Riley Askew
3rd Place-Stephanie Santana
 
 
Women's Division:
 
1st Place-Ashley Newton 
2nd Place-Isabel Santana
3rd Place-Lori Gonzales 
 
 
Men's Divsion:
 
1st Place-Rob Payne
2nd Place-Mr. Santana 
3rd Place-William Jacobs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Congressman Louie Gohmert at What-A-Melon Festival


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Accident by City Hall in Center


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier today 7-14-18 at around 11:40 a.m. a accident occurred on Tenaha Street in Center, TX right in front of City Hall. The Center Police Department responded along with Allegiance Mobile health formerly known as Ace EMS. There was one injury reported of an adult female who was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries. No fatalities reported. The vehicle was towed by a wrecker service. More details to follow as released by local law enforcement.

 

 
 

 

 

 

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2018 What-A-Melon Festival 5K & Fun Run Results


 
 
Blake Collard, age 7, won first place in the fun run. It was untimed.
 
There were awards for top male finisher and top female finisher.
 
Antonio Chavez won as the best male finisher with a time of 16:57.
 
Cori Lawson won top female finisher with a time of 25:48.
 
 
 

 

 

1st Place Female Interview:

 

 

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What-A-Melon Festival Pet Show 2018 Coverage & Results


 

 

Pet Show Part 1:

 

 

Pet Show Part 2:

 

 

 

 

 

Best of Show - Zema, a 5-year-old Toy Poodle shown by Alyssa Bowers
Best Stage Presence - Pongo, a 7-year-old Dalmatian shown by Sherry Soape
Sassiest - Dolly Jane, 10-year-old Shih Tzu shown by Allie Jane Windham
Most Obedient - Bella, a 2 1/2-year-old Chihuahua shown by Cam Askew
Best Dressed - Ruby, a rescue dog and a beagle mix shown by Jacie Lee
Best Trick - Max who was shown by Stephanie Santana
Friendliest - Little T, a 5-year-old Chihuahua shown by Leslie Gill
Most Talkative - Doodie, an 8-month-old Toy Poodle shown by Zoe Horton
 
 
 
 
Thank you to Stephanie Snell for being the emcee for the event and to the judges who were: Meg Camp, Past Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board; David Nix with Denning Animal Rescue; Savannah Christensen, 2017 Florida Watermelon Queen and 2018 National Watermelon Queen, and Hannah Crisp, 2018 Texas Watermelon Queen.
 
Platinum sponsors for the festival are Farmers State Bank, Toledo-Bend.com, and Shelby Savings Bank.
 
Proceeds raised from the What-A-Melon Festival by the Rotary Club of Center are donated back to various organizations in the community to help fight hunger, provide scholarships, support the youth, and more!
 
 
 
 

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Center FD Responds to a Wreck Updated


 

 

 
Update:
 
SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one vehicle crash this morning on SH 7, about 10 miles west of Center.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 9:30 a.m. on 7-13-18, Troopers were notified of the crash involving a 2005 Chevrolet pickup. The driver of the pickup reportedly fell asleep and drove off the roadway to the left and struck a concrete culvert.
 
The driver is identified as 30-year-old Bradley Fountain from Center. Fountain was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport by medical helicopter for treatment.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
 

 

 
 

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Joaquin City Meetings


 

 

Joaquin City Council Meeting 

 

 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
1.Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2.Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3.Open Forum.
4.Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5.Monthly Reports:
a.City Secretary- Administrative updates.
b.Utility Billing Manager Report -- Monthly receipts & Adjustment.
c.Public Works Manager-Update – Departmental Updates
d.Water Department-Update—Ongoing Water Projects.
e.Committee Reports – Economic Development, Public Safety, Events.
6.Council approval on Payment of Bills.
7.Discussion and Council action on renewal of Water Contract with Town of Logansport.
8.Discussion on Inter-local agreement between the City of Joaquin and City of Tenaha with respect to  Joint Policing.
9.Discussion and Council Action on Approval of Budget Revision-Bond Principal, Education and Travel, State Sales Tax
10.Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a.Administrative Employees – Performance & Compensation review.
11.Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
12.Adjournment.
 
 
 
 
 
Joaquin Econimic Development Corporation Meeting 
 
The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4.Board discussion and action on Council person request of Quarterly  Reports
5. Review of financial standing of JED Corporation.
6.Adjourn.
 
 
 
Joaquin Public Safety Meeting
 
The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, July 17, 2018
at 5:30 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4.Board discussion and possible action on appointment of Board officers.
5.Board discussion and action on Council person request of Quarterly reports.
6. Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.
7.Adjourn.
 
 
 

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DROWNING INCIDENT UPDATE


 

 

The victim in a reported drowning incident at Lake Nacogdoches yesterday has been identified.
 
James Wellington (Jim) Brake, age 87 of Nacogdoches was observed by witnesses entering the west side swimming area of Lake Nacogdoches at about 12:30 pm yesterday. After swimming for a period of time, the witnesses observed him to be in possible distress and he disappeared under water.
 
The witnesses were able to pull Mr. Brake to shore. An inquest was held at the scene by Justice of the Peace Pct 1 Kerry Don Williamson. An autopsy has been ordered.
 
 
 

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Gary Rholes Pushes Petition for the Removal of Jenny Hicks J.P. Pct. 4


 

 

 
 
Gary Rholes, Shelby County Attornery, is seeking the removal of J.P Pct. 4 Jenny Hicks.  Garry Rholes states that she should be removed from office for engaging in official misconduct as defined in the Texas Local Government Code.  According to Rholes she does not keep any kind of office hours, making it impossible to file suits in Pct. 4, such as ecitions suits, making it impossible for people to make any disposition of any traffic citations issued to them and leaving citizens no means to regain the right to renew their licenses even after complying with all requirements to do so.  The basic lack of a J. P. Pct. 4 is a hardship on private citizens, other judges and law enforcement.
 
 
 

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Today's News 7-13-18


 

 

 

 

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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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What-A-Melon Festival Opening Day Interviews


 

 

Wiggins Family:

 

 

 

Watermelon Queens:

 

 

 

 

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DROWNING INCIDENT - LAKE NACOGDOCHES


 

 

 
 
At 12:52 PM this date 7-12-18, a 9-1-1 call was received from the west swimming area at Lake Nacogdoches of a man submerged in the water, inside the swimming area.
 
Upon the arrival of emergency medical personnel, fire and law enforcement, citizens were bringing a man from the swimming area to the shore. Examination of the man showed no signs of life.
 
The investigation is continuing.
 
The identity of the man is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
 
 
 

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Largest Melon Coverage & Results


 

 

 

 

Results:

 

1st place ($2,500) - 152 lbs, Olivia Johnson 
2nd place ($600) - 142.5 lbs, Louise Johnson
3rd place ($500) - 140 lbs, Whitley Johnson
4th place ($400) - 135 lbs, Jenny Johnson
5th place ($300) - 132.5 lbs, Dylan Jones
6th place ($250) - 128.5 lbs, Renee Johnson
7th place ($200) - 127.5 lbs, Shelby Johnson
8th place ($150) - 126 lbs, Jaleigh Johnson
9th place ($100) - 124 lbs, Faith Kruebbe
10th place ($80) - 123.5 lbs, Catch Bragg
11th place ($70) - 120 lbs, Malcom Brown
12th place (60) - 118.5 lbs, (tie) Tate Johnson and Cody Carleta
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What-A-Melon Festival Opening Ceremony


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 29th Annual East Texas What-A-Melon Festival began today 7-12-18 in Center, TX.  Center Broadcasting Company covered the opening ceremony.  

 

 

 

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Photo Album (This will get updated daily)

 

 

 

 

 

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Evening News 7-12-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 7-12-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted Choice Water Supply


 

 
The boil water notice has been lifted for Choice Water Supply.  It is no longer necessary to boil your water before drinking.  
 
 
 
 
 

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Three Panola Ponies Baseball Players Selected to the NJCAA USA National Baseball Team


 

 

Colorado Springs, CO – The NJCAA National Baseball team has announced its 25-man roster for the 84th annual National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series. Guided by Tyler (TX) head coach Doug Wren, the team will make the trek to Wichita, KS August 1-11.
 
A roster of 13 pitchers, two catchers, five infielders, four outfielders, and one utility player will take on top talent from around the world. 20 different NJCAA schools are represented from 10 different states and all three divisions.
 
Members of this year's roster include the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA DII Baseball Player of the Year Brandon Parker of Mississippi Gulf Coast, 2018 Spalding® NJCAA DI Baseball Defensive Player of the Year Michael Lawson of Panola (TX), and 2017 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA DIII Player of the Year Taylor Broadway of Tyler. 14 players on the roster have committed to four-year programs that inclue the likes of Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. 11 players on this year's team recently concluded their freshman season at their NJCAA program.
 
Panola led the way with three selections:  Lawson of Conroe, TX, Jarret Whorf of Winnsboro, TX, and Kade Clemens of Gilmer, TX; while Howard (TX), Santa Fe (FL), and Tyler will each send two representatives.
 
 
Jarret Whorf
 
 
 
Michael Lawson 
 
 
Kade Clemens
 
Wren takes over the program after serving as an assistant in 2016. The four-time NJCAA World Series champion will be assisted by Ryan Cougill of Yavapai (AZ) and Sam Temple of Hinds (MS). Joe Bauth, the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association president will serve as the general manager while Tyler Eddy McGuire has been tapped as the team's athletic trainer.
 
The NBC World Series will be held at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium which has hosted the event since 1935. The NJCAA team finished fourth in 2016 with a 3-1 record and was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Team.
 
2018 NJCAA NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
 
  POS. PLAYER COLLEGE
  P Taylor Broadway Tyler (TX)
  P Juan Cabrera Cochise (AZ)
  P Indigo Diaz Iowa Western
  P Antonio Frias Monroe (NY)
  P Devin Hemenway Santa Fe (FL)
  P Irving Martin Arizona Western
  P Giovanni Nieves Wabash Valley (IL)
  P Shemar Page Pearl River (MS)
  P Jared Shemper Wallace Dothan (AL)
  P Michael Spinozzi Tyler (TX)
  P Tyler Spring Jones County (MS)
  P Brooks Warren East Central (MS)
  P Jarret Whorff Panola (TX)
  C Michael Hoehner Cisco (TX)
  C Colton Onstott Dodge City (KS)
  INF Josh Bristyan Paradise Valley (AZ)
  INF Saul Garza Howard (TX)
  INF Michael Lawson Panola (TX)
  INF Tommy Sacco Yavapai (AZ)
  INF Bryan Sturges Howard (TX)
  OF Brant Blaylock Northwest Mississippi
  OF Brock Edge Santa Fe (FL)
  OF Brandon Parker Mississippi Gulf Coast
  OF Alex Whipple Erie (NY)
  UTL Kade Clemens Panola (TX)
 
 
2018 NJCAA NATIONAL TEAM COACHES
 
  COACH NAME COLLEGE
  HC Doug Wren Tyler (TX)
  AC Ryan Cougill Yavapai (AZ)
  AC Sam Temple Hinds (MS)
  GM Joe Bauth Erie (NY)
  TR Eddy McGuire Tyler (TX)
 
 

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Jury Cancellation


 

 

Please note that jury selection is cancelled for July 16, 2018, in the 123rd Judicial District Court in Shelby County, Texas.  All cases have been resolved or continued. 

 
 

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Forest Service Pausing Forest Plan Revision Process


 

 
The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas (NFGT) is pausing revision of its Land and Resource Management Plan. 
 
 
 
The document, commonly referred to as the Forest Plan, provides overall direction for the use and management of the forest and is typically revised on a 15-20 year cycle.
 
 
 
Over the past year, U.S. Forest Service staff have held public meetings and worked with partners to conduct an assessment of current conditions and trends. The assessment will be finalized and made available to the public and will serve as a starting point when the revision process is resumed. The NFGT will notify all publics and partners well in advance of resuming the revision process.
 
 
Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor said he is thankful to the individuals, partners and communities who have contributed to the assessment.
 
 
 
“We value their input and collaboration and will continue to work with our public, stakeholders and the state on land management activities on the NFGT,” Taylor said.
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 7-11-18


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met this morning 7-11-18 at around 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse.  This meeting was their regular meeting so it opened with a prayer.  The prayer was lead by Center Broadcasting Company News Director Justin Mott, Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison lead the pledges to the American and Texas Flags.  The meeting then officially began.  
 
1. The Court approved the minutes of the June 6, 2018 Special meeting, June 13, 2018 Regular meeting, June 20, 2018 Special meeting and June 27, 2018 Special meeting.
 
2. They approved and paid weekly expenses.
 
3. They approved the current payroll.
 
4. They approved the Officers Report.
 
5. No Public comments on Agenda item.
 
6. They discussed and approved the County Treasurer to add another phone line for her office.
 
 
Shelby County Treasurer Ann Blackwell
 
 
7. They discussed and took action on approving the renewal of Texas Association of Counties group health insurance for the 2019 plan year.
 
8. They discussed and approved participation in the TexPool Investment Pool.
 
9. They approved the Resolution Authorizing Participation in the TexPool Investment Pool and Designating Authorized Representatives.
 
10. Bobbie McDaniel was scheduled to address Commissioners’ Court about the Flag at the Sheriff’s Office, she did not make meeting.  The Court still discussed the issue of the flag at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office not being seen at all angles and possible courses of action from cutting down a tree to moving the flag pole.  After discussing the issue they took no action on it at this time.  
 
11. Lastly the Court adjourned.
 
 
 

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Today's News 7-11-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Nichols Named 'Champion of Transparency'


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Austin, Texas – This week, members of the Texas Press Association (TPA) named Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) a 'Champion of Transparency'.
 
"I am grateful to TPA for this honor. I believe local newspapers are an essential form of communication all over Texas, but especially in East Texas," said Senator Nichols. "I have and will continue to stand behind and support the needs of the newspapers within Senate District 3."
 
Senator Nichols was honored for his work in ensuring there is transparency in government by providing Texans with access to governmental meetings and records. As well as ensuring public notices, which are required of governmental bodies, are made available in newspapers. 
 
"The Texas Press Association is proud to name Sen. Robert Nichols a Champion of Transparency for 2017-18. He is a staunch defender of the public's right to know about the activities and intentions our government," said Donnis Baggett, Texas Press Association Executive Vice President. "His votes in the Texas Senate and his advocacy for citizens dealing with state agencies are impactful. Texas is well-served to have such an effective voice for transparency and accountability in the Legislature."
 
First elected to the Texas Senate in 2007, Robert Nichols represents 19 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County.
 
In the Texas Senate, Nichols serves as Chairman for the Transportation Committee. He  also serves on the Senate Finance, Administration, and Business and Commerce Committees. He is a member of the Legislative Audit Committee and is serving his third term on the Sunset Advisory Commission. 
 
The Texas Press Association is the voice of the state's newspaper industry. The association promotes the welfare of Texas newspapers, encourages higher standards of journalism, and plays an important role in protecting the public's right to know as an advocate of First Amendment liberties. TPA is one of the nation's oldest and largest newspaper trade associations, representing more than 450 newspapers across the state.
 
 

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Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for June 2018


 

AUSTIN -- The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,230 original drilling permits in June 2018 compared to 1,305 in June 2017. The June total included 1,062 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 13 to re-enter plugged well bores and 155 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued June 2018 included 342 oil, 67 gas, 742 oil or gas, 55 injection, five service and 19 other permits.
 
 
 

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Agriculture in East Texas: Ronnie Wolfe


 

 

 

 

 

Agriculture in East Texas is brought to you by Shelby Savings Bank.

 

 

 

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Car Wreck in Center Near Napa


 

 

Occurring to the Center Police Department officer Brian Wright, there was a wreck that occurred this past Saturday 7-10-18 in Center, TX.  Around 8:26 a.m. a wreck happened at the intersection of Hurst Street and Foster Street, next to Napa Auto Parts store.  A Ford Escape was traveling on north bound on 96 when in hit a Pontiac who faild to yield the right of way, which knocked the Pontiac into a ditch.  The driver of the Ford Escape was identified as Damaseno Benitez-Hernandez.  Rita Corbell was identified as the driver of the Pontiac no injuries or fatalities occurred during the wreck.
 
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 7-10-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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What-A-Melon Festival Thursday


 

 
The 29th Annual What-A-Melon festival is rolling into downtown Center, Texas starting July 12th for 3 days of fun in the sun! The three days of festivities, July 12th, 13th, and 14th is looking for participants to join in and help make this the best What-A-Melon Festival ever. Platinum sponsors for the festival are Farmers State Bank, Toledo-Bend.com, and Shelby Savings Bank.
 
Entry into the festival is $5 per button and admission buttons are good all three days of the festival. Children five and under get in free. Arm bands are available each night of the festival for rides and are $20. Arm band hours are Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm and Friday/Saturday 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
 
The What-A-Melon Festival's biggest attraction, the Largest Watermelon Contest, is Thursday evening and the winning melons will be on display for festival visitors to see and have photos made with this year's largest watermelons! The weigh-in will be July 12th at 5pm under the big tent. Come see who will take home the big prize money!
 
The Pet Show will be held Friday, July 13th at 6pm. Sign up is at 5:30pm to enter your favorite pet. Be sure to wow the judges by adding a little watermelon style to your pet's stage presence.
 
Reed Barton, a singer/songwriter from Burleson, Texas will take to the stage Friday at 8:30pm. Come out and enjoy a finger lickin' mix of classic country and classic rock music and welcome Barton to the East Texas What-A-Melon Festival!
 
The What-A-Melon Fun Run/5K will jump start Saturday's activities at 7am. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Shelby County Cancer Fund. Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at Farmer's State Bank downtown.
 
The fan favorites - Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest is set for 3pm Saturday under the big tent! Come out and demonstrate your watermelon seed spitting skills along with who can down their melon slice the fastest! 
 
The What-A-Melon Pageant is Saturday evening from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Come see the contestants take to the stage in their cutest watermelon attire!
 
Last but certainly not least, a Shelby County favorite, Zach Mason and the Jars will be performing on stage under the big tent Saturday evening at 8pm and will close out all the festival activities with a great live performance that fans won't forget!
 
The What-A-Melon Festival is hosted by the Center Rotary Club. Additional sponsors who make the festival possible are (Gold Sponsors) City of Center; Focused Care of Center; (Silver Sponsors) Center Glass; R&D Distributors; Citizens Bank; Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative; ACE Hardware; Kyle Coffin, DDS; Coral Cactus; Texas Credit; (Bronze Sponsors) Toledo Automotive / NAPA; Sandy Wheeler State Farm; and Tammy Steptoe Realty. Be sure to thank all the festival sponsors.
 
Proceeds raised from the What-A-Melon Festival by the Rotary Club of Center are donated back to various organizations in the community to help fight hunger, provide scholarships, support the youth, and more! Through the years the club has made pledges which have helped construct the John D. Windham Civic Center, the Center Baseball Park, and the Center Softball Park.
 
 
 
 
 

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Summer Reading Program Comes to a Close


 

 

The last program for the Fannie Brown Booth Library's 2018 Summer Reading/Learning Program will be Tuesday, July 10th, at 10:30 a.m.  Magician Julian Franklin will present his magical show for all ages.  The Library has had a summer full exciting programs and events and Mr. Franklin's show will be no different.  Our Summer Program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.

 
 

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Today's News 7-10-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

The rain focused on our Southern San Augustine County where it really poured.
 
Broaddus PWS - 3.05 inches
 
Swanson Hill PWS - .28 inches 
 
In the Central and Northern part less than 1/10th.
On West in Etoile 1.35 inches
 
Some individuals have reported to me as much as 4.25 inches and 5.01 inches in the Tall Timbers area.
 
 
 

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Man Flees Law Enforcement in Stolen Semi-Truck


 

 

 

 
Alvin Jerome Davis II stole a vehicle in Shelby County from Center, TX this past Sunday evening 7-8-18.  According to DeSoto Parish Sheriff Jayson Richardson, Davis fled to Mansfield, LA after allegedly being involved in a sexual assault.  
 
Once in Mansfield Davis invaded two homes and ending up running away on foot.  Law enforcement began to chase after him in the city of Mansfield.  During the investigation the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's office received a call of a stalled Semi-Truck and trailer in the roadway.  Once Deputies arrived at the truck and tried to talk to the driver he fled the scene in the Semi-Truck with a trailer in tow.  
 
The driver later identified as Davis traveled north bound in the sound bound lanes on Interstate 49.  Multiple times spikes where deployed to stop the vehicle, eventually Davis exited the Interstate and the Truck he was driving came to rest in a residential area on a dead end street.  
 
After approximately 30 minutes of negotiation between him and law enforcement, officers used multiple different non-lethal ammo along with gas.  Davis finally exited the vehicle and began to run away on foot before being caught by a K9.  Davis is currently in custody at the Caddo Detention Center.      
 
 
 

 

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Evening News 7-9-18


 

 

 

 

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Today's News 7-9-18


 

 

 

 

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American Idol Live! 2018 Dates


 

July 11: Redding, CA - Redding Civic Auditorium
July 12: Central Point, OR - Jackson Co. Fair
July 13: Napa, CA - Uptown Theater
July 16: Denver, CO - Paramount Theater
July 19: Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
July 20: San Antonio, TX - The Tobin Center for Performing Arts
July 21: McAllen, TX - McAllen Performing Arts Center
July 23: Tucson, AZ - Fox Tuscon
July 24: Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater
July 26: San Diego, CA - Copley Hall
July 27: Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
July 29: Las Vegas, NV - Orleans Arena
July 30: Modesto, CA - Gallo Center for the Arts
July 31: Livermore, CA - Wente Vineyards
August 1: San Luis Obispo, CA - Fremont Theatre
August 3: Thousand Oaks, CA - Bank of America Performing Arts Center
August 4: Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
August 5: Riverside, CA - Fox Performing Arts Center
August 8: Tulsa, OK - Club Brady
August 9: Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
August 10: St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
August 12: Baltimore, MD - The Lyric
August 13: Albany, NY - The Palace Theatre
August 14: Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
August 16: Westbury, NY - The Space at Westbury
August 17: Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
August 18: Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
August 19: Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditorium
August 21: Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
August 22: Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
August 23: Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theatre
August 24: Sioux Falls, SD - Washington Pavilion
August 27: Salem, OR - Oregon State Fair
August 28: Monroe, WA - Evergreen State Fair
August 30: Billings, MT - Alberta Bair Theater
August 31: Kamas, UT - DeJoria Center
September 2: Deadwood, SD - Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino
September 5: Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
September 6: Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
September 7: Rosemont, IL - Rosemont Theatre
September 9: Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
September 10: Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center
September 12: York, PA - York Fair
September 13: Munhall, PA - Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
September 14: Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie
September 15: New Bedford, MA - Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
September 16: Washington, DC - Warner Theater
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

This is what to expect over the next week or so weather wise. Somewhat lower actuals in our temperatures. But, also a little less wind to help cool us off. And, the Humidity will keep the "Feels Like" at 5-8 degrees warmer than the actuals.  The even better news being that there are more rain chances in the forecast even though fairly scattered T-storms. 

 
 
 
 
 

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MISSING JUVENILE UPDATE


 

This in from the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office:

 
The missing juvenile has been safely located.  We have no further details at this time.  We would like to thank everyone who shared our Facebook post in an effort to bring this person to safety.  
 
 

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Timpson Frontier Days 2018 Pet Show Results


 

 

 

 
Dog Category 12 & Under: 
 
 
 
1. Jason Flanoy (Won 50lbs of dog food)
 
 
 
 
2. Macy Lee (Won 50lbs of dog food)
 
 
 
 
3. Mary Ann Lee (Won 40lbs of dog food)
 
 
 
 
4. Branton Payne
 
 
 
Dog Category 13 & Over:
 
 
 
1. Debra McElory (Won 50lbs of dog food)
 
 
 
2. Kristen Lee ( Won 50lbs of dog food)
 
 
 
3. Chase Lilly (Won 40lbs of dog food)
 
 
 
4. Allysha Stephenson
 
 
Dressed the Cutest Category:
 
 
 
1. Debra McElroy (Dog)
 
 
 
2. Charlotte Flanory (Baby Goat)
 
 
 
3. Macy Lee (Dog)
 
 
 
4. Allysha Stephenson (Dog)
 
 
 
5. Jason Flanory (Dog)
 
 
Horse Category:
 
 
 
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Places went to Chris Lee.  (He won 100lbs of horse feed, plus 3 additional bags of horse feed.) 
 
 
Other Category:
 
 
 
1. Caesyn Lee (Calf)
 
2. Charlette Flanory (Goat) - Pictured Above
 
 
3. Dakota Lee (Rooster)
 
 
Longest Tail:
 
Chris Lee ( Horse) - Pictured Above
 
 
Shortest Tail:
 
Macy Lee (Dog) - Pictured Above
 
 
Most Spots:
 
Macy Lee (Dog) - Pictured Above
 
 
Longest Ears:
 
Jason Flanory (Dog) - Pictured Above
 
 
Most Unusal:
 
 
 
Dakota Lee (Rooster)
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Timpson Frontier Days 2018 Parade


 

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Timpson Frontier Days Coverage


 

 

Frontier Days was bigger and better this year, than last year featuring a variety of different events.  Center Broadcasting Company did a live radio remote coverage of the event on Saturday 7-7-18.  We also did interviews with people at the event.  Video coverage and a link to our picture gallery is below.   

 

 

Frontier Days Invite

 

 

 

Marissa Crawford

 

 

 

Marilyn Corder

 

 

 

Austim Charity

 

 

 

Joey Hudnall

 

 

 

Jason Samford Performs

 

 

 

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Center City Workshop Agenda


 

 

There will not be a  Center City Coucil meeting on Monday evening July 9th, 2018, but they are having a workshop on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
 
 
 
 

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San Augustine Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

San Augustine Commissioners' Court will meet next Tuesday July 10th, 2018 at 9 a.m.

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 11th day of July, 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 June 6, 2018 Special meeting, June 13, 2018 Regular meeting, June 20, 2018 Special meeting and June 27, 2018 Special meeting.
 
2. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
 
3. Approve current payroll.
 
4. Approve Officers Report.
 
5. Public comments on Agenda item.
 
6. Discuss and possibly approve the County Treasurer to add another phone line for her office.
 
7. Discuss and take action on approving the renewal of Texas Association of Counties group health insurance for the 2019 plan year.
 
8. Discuss and possibly approve participation in TexPool Investment Pool.
 
9. Approve Resolution Authorizing Participation in the TexPool Investment Pool and Designating Authorized Representatives.
 
10. Bobbie McDaniel to address Commissioners’ Court about the Flag at the Sheriff’s Office.
 
11. Adjourn.
 
 
 

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Homicide in Center


 

 

On July 5th, 2018 at approximately 10:23 a.m the Center Police Department responded to a call of an unresponsive person on Sampson Street.  Upon arrival, officers found 27 year old Brakia Rashad Roland of Center, Texas deceased.  Justice of the Peace Pct. 5 Mike Crouch arrived on scene for the inquest along with the Community Funeral Home.  The deceased man was taken to Tyler, Texas for an autopsy with results pending at this time.  This case has been ruled a homicide and is still currently under investigation.  

 
More to follow as it is released by law enforcement.  
 
 
 

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Today's News 7-6-18


 

 

 

 

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City of Center Water Utility Low Pressure


 

The Center Water Utility is experiencing lower system pressures this morning.  A water plant line repair initiated yesterday is taking longer than anticipated leaving the Pinkston Plant off line since early yesterday morning and resulting in lower than usual tank levels that control system pressure.  The work is being completed and system should return to normal levels of operation later this evening.  No system health notices are issued at this time but will be should pressures drop to the point they would be required.
 
 
 
 

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Xi Alpha Delta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Donates to SCCAC


 

 

The Xi Alpha Delta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently made a donation to the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center.  Funds were raised by the group during the month of December through their annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser.  Xi Alpha Delta Rho supports several local organizations that benefit the children of Shelby County each year through their fundraiser.
 
 
 
 
After director Denise Merriman, pictured, gave the group an overview of what all The Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center does for our community's children and their families, a check was presented by president Anna Stuever.
 
 
 
 
 

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Boles Feed


 

 

 

Agriculture in East Texas sponsored by: Shelby Savings Bank

 

 

 

 

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Tropical Depression Two


 

 

Tropical Depression Two formed on Thursday morning from a tropical wave traversing the waters of the central tropical Atlantic, midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles Islands. Update: At 2:30 pm EDT Thursday, the National Hurricane Center upgraded TD2 to Tropical Storm Beryl based on satellite data, with top sustained winds estimated at a minimal 40 mph. Beryl is the second tropical storm of the Atlantic season, but it is expected to weaken back to a tropical wave by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles Islands on Sunday. The Hurricane Hunters are not scheduled to investigate Beryl until Sunday, since the storm is too far from any land bases for the aircraft to fly out of.
 
Satellite images early Thursday afternoon showed that Beryl was a small storm, with only a small amount of heavy thunderstorms.
 
 
 
 

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Today's News 7-5-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Local Man Killed In Tractor Accident


 

 

 
 
Update on the man who was trapped under the tractor on July 2nd. Watson & Sons Funeral home has confirmed that Gerald David Estes died as a result of injuries he sustained in a tractor accident. Estes was a retired Texas State Trooper and ran Shady Oaks Grocery for many years.
 
 
 
 
 

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Marissa Crawford Interview


 

 

 

 

 

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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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Boil Water Notice Choice Water Systems


 

 

There is a boil water notice in effect for the Choice Public Water System.  For more information call 936-332-7683.
 
 
 

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Chase Leads to Capture of Felon


 

 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers apprehended a felony suspect who fled from Nacogdoches County law enforcement in a Dodge pickup on 7-3-18.
 
The preliminary information indicates at about 3 p.m., State Troopers located the suspect and he again began fleeing from law enforcement. The driver, identified as Draden Copeland, 31, from Garrison, was taken into custody on FM 95, just south of County Route 280.
 
Copeland was released to deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department.
 
 
 
 

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2 Vehicle Accident on 96 Updated


 
 
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SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two vehicle crash this morning 7-3-18 on US 96, just north of CR 3774.  The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 11:30 a.m., a 2008 Jeep SUV was traveling south on US 96 when the driver reportedly went to sleep, crossed over the center of the roadway and struck a 2015 Ford SUV in the driver side.
 
The driver of the Jeep is identified as 72-year-old Lynda Huebel, from Shelbyville.  Huebel was not reportedly injured during the crash. The driver of the Ford is identified as 45-year-old Sharon Ray, from Hemphill. Ray was transported to a Center hospital for treatment.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

 

 

Earlier today at approximately 11:30 a.m. on 96 North a two vehicle accident happened a few miles outside of Center, TX.  The Center Fire Department, DPS officers, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and ambulance services arrived also.  No fatalities reported on scene, however person(s) with injuries were taken to the hospital.  More information to follow as is released from law enforcement.  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Man Trapped Under a Tractor


 

 

The Center Fire Department is responding to a man trapped under a tractor on CR 1024. 

 

 

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Phone Lines Down at the Shelby County Appraisal District


 

 

The Shelby county appraisal district does not have phone service at this time.  It is unknown when our phones will be working again.  We believe the lines were damaged from a house fire on Shelbyville street. 

 
 

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Today's News 7-3-18


 

 

 

 

 

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House Fire in Center


 

 

The Center Fire department responded to a house fire earlier this morning 7-3-18 at around 5 a.m. at Shelbyville Street & Center Street in Center, TX.  The home was a total loss, however they did keep the fire from spreading.    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cemetery Vandalism


 

 

 
 
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating a report of criminal mischief that occurred between the evening hours on June 29 and early morning hours on June 30, 2018 at the Smith Cemetery on CR 3153 in Center.
 
 
 
Suspects appeared to have connected part of the fencing to a vehicle and peeled approximately 150 feet of fence from its setting. The damage occurred on both sides of the roadway. A total of 300 feet of fencing was damaged. The cemetery gate was also ripped from the fence.
 
 
 
 
The initial investigation revealed the tire tracks were from a dually type of vehicle.
 
 
 
If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936.598.5601.
 
 
 
 

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MiKayla Slaydon Honor Award Winner


 

 

 

 

 

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Deputy Answers Call to be a Donor


 

 

Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to acknowledge one of our patrol officers for his recent actions that went beyond the call of duty, though the officer says that his actions are nothing more than what he signed up for.
 
In October of 2017, Deputy Chris Davis was presented with an opportunity to sign up for the "Be The Match" program at the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Regional Training Academy.  Be The Match is a program for cancer patients in need to be matched with potential donors who are willing to participate in bone marrow transplants, blood stem cells, and other methods that can help save a life.  Most never receive a call, but Davis was recently notified that a patient was in need of Peripheral Blood Stem Cells to which he was a valid match for.  This process would consist of taking medication by injection for 5 days prior to the donation date, called Filgrastm, which causes the body to increase white blood cells and produce peripheral blood stem cells.  Davis would then have to be admitted into the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston, TX, where he would spend the day in a chair with an IV in each arm.  This may not seem like a task that anyone would willingly agree to, but with the blessing of Sheriff Richardson and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, Davis was quickly on the road to saving a life.
 
Deputy Chris Davis is back home, on patrol here in DeSoto Parish, and says that his actions were merely an opportunity that he'd gladly do all over again.   Be The Match is not a new program for the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office to participate in as they have held bone marrow drives with employee participation in the past.  Sheriff Richardson says "When Chris asked to take off from work to go do this, our answer was absolutely.  We are very proud of him for accepting the call and we encourage others in public service to consider the difference they can make in someone else's life."  
 
To find out how you can get involved go BeTheMatch.org to volunteer.  Your decision could make the difference in someone else's life.
 
 

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Angelina Drug Bust


 

 

ANGELINA COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested two suspects on felony drug charges following a June 30 traffic stop on US 59.  The preliminary information indicates at approximately 12:15 p.m., a State Trooper stopped a 2008 Chrysler passenger car for a traffic violation.  While contacting the driver, 28-year-old Jahadi Davis from Shreveport, the Trooper
suspected drugs were in the vehicle. A DPS canine was notified and alerted to the presence of drugs. A search of the trunk revealed approximately eight and a half pounds of marijuana, more than one pound of a controlled substance in pill form and more than 50 grams of controlled substance in liquid form.
 
Davis and a passenger identified as 27-year-old Brandon Player from Houston were taken into custody and transported to the Angelina County Jail. Davis was also wanted out of Montgomery County Texas for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.  Davis and Player were reportedly traveling from Houston to Louisiana.  
 
No additional information is available at this time.
 
 
 
 

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Evening News 7-2-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 7-2-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Logansport July 4th Celebration


 

 

4th of July fireworks show with music by "Dusty Rose Band, Landry &Co., The even will take place on Wednesday July 4th in Logansport, LA.  The other 10% band and Ashley Rachel band" Music starts at 5pm, fireworks start approximately 9ish.  Food vendors, drink vendors, and sno cones on site. Please no coolers. Handicapped parking by splash pad.  Road by DPSO station(2nd Street), road under River bridge(veterans memorial drive), and part of elm from 3rd to 2nd will be closed to thru traffic. Boats welcome in designated areas.  River shuts down to traffic at 7 pm.  Free to the public!

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

A series of lows along with a stalled low is what is developing in to our rain pattern for several days with somewhat cooler temperatures. These will continue to collide with the colder upper air and Humid Gulf moisture in place to generate these showers each day.  The firs round should begin late Tuesday.
 
Of Note on the map are the 2 new named storms Emilie, the forefront Tropical Storm on the map not dying off into a Tropical Depression until some time on the 3rd or 4th of July, Then there is Fabio, a CAT 1 Hurricane following behind along Emilie's path. Fabio is forecast to grow to a CAT 4 by Tuesday evening.  This is already a VERY active Eastern Pacific Storm Season 2018.
 
 
 
 
 

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