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USDA Reminds Producers of Disaster Program Deadlines



(COLLEGE STATION, Texas), Nov. 13, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Gary Six reminds Texas producers who experienced losses from natural disasters during the 2017 and 2018 calendar years that they may be eligible for assistance through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). 


“We want to ensure that all eligible agricultural producers who experienced losses from natural disasters get the assistance they need,” said Six. 

Tree Assistance Program (TAP):

TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines lost due to natural disasters. Payment eligibility is triggered when a mortality loss in excess of 15 percent on a stand (adjusted for normal mortality) occurs due to natural disaster. 


In addition, up to $15 million is available to eligible pecan orchardists or pecan nursery tree growers for certain mortality losses incurred during 2017. To be eligible, the grower must have suffered a mortality loss on a stand in excess of 7.5 percent, but less than 15 percent, adjusted for normal mortality from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017. 


For 2017 and 2018 TAP losses, and 2017 Pecan TAP losses, growers have until the later of Dec. 3, 2018, or 90 calendar days after the disaster event or date when the loss of trees becomes apparent to submit an application with supporting documentation.


Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP):
ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish who have suffered losses due to an adverse weather or loss condition, including blizzards, disease, water shortages and wildfires. ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs. 


For 2017 and 2018 ELAP, producers must file a notice of loss and application for payment at their local FSA office by Dec. 3, 2018. for losses occurring from Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2018.

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP):

LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock owners or contract growers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality, or injury resulting in reduced value, caused by an eligible loss condition. 


For 2017 and 2018 LIP, a livestock owner or contract grower must file a notice of loss the later of 30 calendar days from when the loss of livestock is first apparent, or Dec. 3, 2018. For 2017 losses, a livestock owner or contract grower must file an application for payment by Dec. 3, 2018.  For 2018 losses, a livestock owner or contract grower must file an application for payment by, March 1, 2019.


Other Amendments to the 2014 Farm Bill by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

“In February, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 made several changes to FSA disaster programs,” Six said. “This includes eliminating the $20 million fiscal year funding cap for ELAP, eliminating the $125,000 payment limitation for LIP for 2017 and future years and allowing producers to receive a payment for injured livestock that are sold for a reduced price due to an eligible event.” 


As a result of these changes, starting June 4, producers were allowed to submit ELAP, LIP and LFP applications for 2017 losses if they reached the payment limitation under the previous rules. The application periods for these programs for the 2017 program year will close on Dec. 3, 2018. Producers who already submitted applications and received decisions on their applications for these years do not need to file again but can reapply if they have additional losses or their application or notice of loss was denied because it was late filed.


Contact your local FSA office for program deadlines. For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs or to find your local USDA Service Center, visit



Today's News 11-19-18








Nacogdoches Homicide


(Nacogdoches, Tx)  The Nacogdoches Police Department are investigating a homicide that occurred early yesterday morning 11-18-18 at 603 Old Tyler Rd also known as the ASD Lounge.


Police were called to 609 Old Tyler Rd also known as the ASD Lounge multiple times in reference to large disturbances in the early morning of November 18th 2018.  At 1:14 AM Officers responded again to the club, this time in reference to a gunshot call.


Upon arrival, officers found a large disturbance and a victim lying on the ground outside of the club.  The victim had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The female victim was identified to be Lyric Polley 21 years of age from Nacogdoches, Tx.  The victim was determined to be deceased by emergency medical personnel that responded to the scene. 


Officers have not made any arrests in reference to the homicide but are actively working the case.  As information becomes available it will be released. 


Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call the Nacogdoches Police Department at (936) 559-2607. 








Area Football Championships


Tenaha Tigers vs. Centerville Tigers, Palestine High School, Friday @ 2:00 p.m.


San Augustine Wolves vs. Leon Cougars, Friday @ 1 p.m., Monte Jack Driskell Stadium, Crockett.


Joaquin Rams vs. Carlisle Indians, Carthage, Friday @ 7:00 p.m.





Shelby County Airplane Incident 11/18/18



SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to the scene of a forced airplane landing on State Highway 7 that occurred due to mechanical issues, about five miles south of Joaquin.

The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 1 p.m., a 2009 Jabiru Sport airplane was reportedly flying from Baton Rouge, LA to Center, TX when it was forced to land and overturned, off SH 7. No injuries were reported. The pilot of the aircraft is identified as 53-year-old Leaonard Lorden, from Mansfield, TX. Lorden and a nine year-old passenger were not reportedly injured during the crash.


The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified. No additional information is available at this time.




Video Coverage:








Friday Night Scoreboard 11/16/18



Center 38  Liberty 55

Joaquin 42  West Sabine 0

Logansport 48  Gueydan 0
San Augustine 40  Timpson 12

Tenaha 49  Shelbyville 18

Area Football Championships


Tenaha Tigers vs. Centerville Tigers, Palestine High School, Friday @ 2:00 p.m.


San Augustine Wolves vs. Leon Cougars, Friday @ 1 p.m., Monte Jack Driskell Stadium, Crockett.


Joaquin Rams vs. Carlisle Indians, Carthage, Friday @ 7:00 p.m.


Fire claims SFA Beef Farm facility





NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Beef Research Center barn was destroyed in a fire that occurred early on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 14.


“The fire caused significant damage to the structure and contents of the building,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “We are very thankful that no people or animals were injured.”


The Beef Farm is a part of SFA’s 726-acre Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center, and it is an integral part of the learning experience for SFA’s agriculture students.


The cause of the fire is still being investigated.


Friends and alumni who wish to donate funds to aid in the recovery of the facility and its contents may contribute in a variety of ways.


To donate online, visit Select “other,” specify “Beef Farm” and follow the designated steps to complete the donation.


Checks made payable to the SFA Office of Development also may be sent to P.O. Box 6092-SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75962. Please include a note stating the contribution is for the SFA Beef Farm.


Donors also may call the SFA Office of Development at (936) 468-5406 to make a gift by phone. Once again, please designate the donation is intended for the SFA Beef Farm.


For any inquiries regarding other ways to help, contact Dr. Joey Bray, chair of the SFA Department of Agriculture, at (936) 468-3705 or Dr. Erin Brown, professor of animal science, at (936) 468-3705.




Joaquin City Meeting



The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday November 20, 2018
6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.




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.
c. Public Works Manager-Update – Departmental Updates
d. Water Department-Update—Ongoing Water Projects
e. Events Committee Christmas Festival Report.
6. Council approval on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on  purchase City Work Truck.
8. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a. Consideration & possible approval of Christmas Benefits
b. Public Works Position- Selection of Candidate.
9. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
10. Adjournment.





Timpson City Council Meeting



Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 20th day of November, 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:  


1.    Call to Order:


2. Invocation:


3. Pledge:  United States Pledge, Texas Pledge             


4. Chamber of Commerce:  Chamber of Commerce, presented by Paul Smith.


5. Council Items:   Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the

             agenda will be made at this time.  A total, not to exceed 10 minutes will be devoted 

             to these reports.


6. Christmas Activities:  There will be a Christmas Parade on December 1, 2018 at 

             1:00pm.  Floats and participants need to line up between 12:00-12:30 in front

             of the High School.  Joyce Moore will be in charge of the lineup.


7. Citizens Input:  This time is provided for members of the public to address the City

             Council on items that appear within the Consent and Action Items or a matter not

             listed on the agenda.  Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes.  A Citizens Input Form

             may be filled out and filed with the City Secretary prior to the meeting.    


     8.          Department Reports:


                  A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns


                  B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham


                  C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of October 2018, there were 29 

                  citations issued,  35 violations, 0 to juveniles and 0 to a minor.  Total amount 

                  reported $9,521.45 the City’s portion a 55% estimate of $5,236.79.  


            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting that there will be no Regular City

            Council Meeting in December.  ALL regular monthly bills will be paid as usual and    

            then ratified in January.  Bear Drive update, nothing has been fixed to date and no

            invoice has been issued.  Also, update the Council on what is going on with the Water



     9.           Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no 

       Deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the       

       City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the    

       Minutes of this meeting.


A.  Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on October 16, 2018 

B.  Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of October, 2018

C.  Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for October, 2018

D.  Approval of the Engagement Letter from Frank Campos for the Audit of the City

 2017-18 financial statements.  The fee this year was $12,750 and the estimated fee

 for next year is from $12,450 to $13,200.





     10.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Adopt Resolution 20181120-1 designating 

                  East Texas Press as the official “printed” newspaper for the City of Timpson.


     11.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Renew contract or accept bids for the 2018 

                  Woodlawn Cemetery Mowing Contract.  Contract is currently with Pineywoods 

                  Lawn Care (Ricky Askins) for $1,250 per month and ends January 31, 2018.


     12.        Discuss and possibly take action:  2018-19 COLA raises.  Per the Meeting on 

                  October 16, 2018,  A) rescind the vote at the September 18, 2018 meeting to not


                  COLA raises to City Employees.  B) approve a 2-3% COLA raise for all City 

                  Employees (Electric, Water/Sewer and General Departments). 


     13.        Adjourn:







LUFKIN – Work schedules for the next week will be altered due to the holiday, but crews will be working part of the week through construction projects and monitoring roadways and traffic signals during peak travel hours.


“This is normally one of the busiest travel weeks on our roadways and we want everyone to stay safe and respect any work zone they might drive through,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “Our crews and contractors plan on being off of the roadway ahead of the holiday. Motorists should expect delays during peak travel hours. Be patient, obey all traffic control and drive safely.”


Signal techs will be on call through the holiday as traffic signals on US 59 in Nacogdoches, Corrigan and Diboll will be set to dynamic maximum and optimized to allow for as much northbound and southbound traffic to clear the intersections as possible during peak travel hours. The signals will also be programmed to stop traffic to allow side streets to cycle when vehicles are detected.



US 96: Crews are placing temporary striping and winterizing this project from US 84 to SH 87. Alternating lane closures should be expected.


CR 4789: Rip rap is being placed at this tributary of Blackwater Creek and at Risinger Creek on CR 4620. This project is designed for bridge replacements at both locations.



SH 21: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment at Venado Creek, Perkins Creek and Niciper Creek where new bridges and approaches have been constructed.

Various locations: Crews will work to repair potholes, remove debris and monitor roadway conditions.



SH 103: Crews will be repairing base in various locations.

Various locations: Work is scheduled to monitor the roadway, remove debris and repair potholes.



US 59: Crews are scheduled to resume milling the southbound lanes and shoulder on this project designed to resurface the roadway from Whitehouse Drive to FM 2497 near Diboll. Motorists should expect delays.


US 69 South: Work to place asphalt beginning in the turning lane and moving south will continue from Huntington to FM 844. All lanes are scheduled for treatment through this section of the project. From FM 844 to FM 1270 in Zavalla, crews will continue to work to install drainage structures, excavate and place embankment for the northbound lanes and pour drill shafts and columns for bridges throughout this section of the project. Traffic control is in place and motorists should expect delays.


FM 324:  Crews are scheduled to continue installing safety end treatments on driveways and cross drainage structures on this project to improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from just south of SH 94 to US 59.


FM 1669: Crews are scheduled to repair base near Odell Creek.

FM 326: Base repairs are scheduled in various locations.


FM 1336: Crews continue to work on cross culverts at various locations in this project to improve and upgrade guardrail and safety treat fixed objects.


FM 841: Work is scheduled on front slopes on this bridge replacement project at Biloxi Creek. The roadway and bridge have been reopened, but motorists should expect intermittent lane closures.

FM 325/Lufkin Avenue: Crews are working to complete the sidewalk and curb ramps in front of Lufkin High School and will continue to work west on this project designed to install sidewalks and intersection ramps to near Timberland Drive.


Robinson Lane: Stone rip rap is being placed and crews are preparing the right of way on this project designed to replace the bridge and approaches at Gilliland Creek. The roadway remains closed. Detours are in place.


Various locations: Work is scheduled to repair signs and patch potholes.



FM 95: Crews are scheduled to remove the detour bridge and seal the roadway at Terrapin Creek where a new bridge and approaches have been constructed. Daily lane closures expected.

FM 226: Work to place sod and upgrade metal beam guard fence continues from SH 21 to the end of pavement on this project designed to safety treat fixed objects.

FM 1638: Crews will continue to monitor vegetative establishment from FM 698 to US 59/SL 224.

Various locations: Crews will be monitoring the roadways, repairing potholes and removing debris.



FM 2262: Crews continue to work to upgrade metal beam guard fence throughout this project designed to reconstruct and widen pavement from FM 357 to SH 94.

Various locations: Crews will work to repair potholes and signs.



US 287 South: Crews will work to repair edges in various locations.

SH 21 West: Crews will continue to place base material and stabilize the subgrade on this project that will reconstruct pavement and add passing lanes, improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from 2.3 miles east of FM 2967 to SH 7.


SH 21: Right of way is scheduled to be cleared in Austonio from FM 1280 to the Trinity River bridge on this project designed to widen pavement and add passing lanes.

SH 19: Crews are scheduled to work on cross culverts on this project designed to improve guardrail and safety treat fixed objects from 1.6 miles north of FM 231 to the Trinity County line.

SH 19 South: Crews will be working in various locations to repair and clear ditches.

SL 304:  Work is scheduled to cut high shoulders in various locations.

FM 227: Work is scheduled to repair slopes, ditches and wash-outs on this project designed to safety treat fixed objects from SH 21 to SH 7.


FM 2967: Crews are scheduled to place a layer of asphalt and work on slopes in this project designed to reconstruct and widen pavement from FM 132 to SH 21. Traffic is confined to one lane with a pilot car in use during work hours.

CR 2245 and CR 1515: Work is scheduled to continue at Big Elkhart Creek in this project designed to replace the bridge and approaches at both locations. The roads are closed to traffic. Detours are in place.


Various locations; Work is planned to patch potholes and repair signs.



FM 350 North: Crews are working to set culvert headwalls in various locations on this project designed to safety treat fixed objects from 2.6 miles north of FM 3152 to US 190.


FM 2798: Crews will continue to place an overlay to seal the surface through this project that is designed to upgrade the roadway from FM 943 to the Hardin County line.


CR/Holly Grove at Menard Creek: Crews are scheduled to work on placing base material at bridge approaches on this bridge replacement project.



US 59: Crews are scheduled to continue this project to upgrade guardrail to design standards in various locations.


FM 224: Barricades have been set on this project designed to upgrade guardrail from SH 156 North to SH 156 South.


FM 2693: Crews are scheduled to continue to upgrade culverts to design standards in this project designed to safety treat fixed objects from SH 150 to 4.5 miles north of SH 150.

FM 1725: Work is scheduled to install safety end treatments from SH 150 to the Liberty County line. Lane closures expected.


For more information, contact or (936) 633-4395.






Tenaha PD Arrest Suspect On Multiple Burglary Charges

John Davis 38 was arrested yesterday 11-15-18 by the Tenaha Police department Captain Joey Hudnall on the charges of Burglary of a Motor vehicle and Burglary of a Building.  He was booked into the Shelby County jail by Tenaha Police Department Officer K. Lawrence.






Shelbyville Health Fair Coverage









The Shelbyville ISD health fair was held on 11-15-18 at Shelbyville ISD. Center Broadcasting Company attended the event below is video coverage.



Video Coverage:



For more photos click here:










Weather Update




This morning gave us a 28 degree low, quiet winds, and therefore lots of thick frost covering everything. 


This warming and sunny sky trend will continue into next week. The weather conditions for our playoff game in Henderson will be almost exactly the same and ours!  So, get out and support our San Augustine Wolf Pack in their playoff game with the Timpson Bears.





Today's News 11-15-18







Tri-County Board Meeting



Tri-County Board of Directors Special Call Meeting will be held tomorrow Nov 15 6:00 p.m.

214 Nacogdoches St.


Center, Texas 




Flat Fork Water Supply Boil Water Notice Lifted







Weeping Window Display








The local VFW Post 8904 and the women's auxiliary made and set up this display of quilted buddy poppies in honor of those who served in WWI.  








Tri-County Community Board Election




Tri-County Community Action Inc. Board Election for a representative of Shelby, Sabine & San Augustine Counties will be held:


Monday November 19, 2018
Tri-County Community Action (Front Office)
214 Nacogdoches St.
Center, Texas 75935

Tuesday November 20, 2018

Tri-County Community Action
1012 Partin Rd.
San Augustine, Texas 75972


Candidates on Ballot:
Patsy Handy
Joyce Johnson
Sharon Ratcliff


If you have any questions please contact
LaTisha Hendrix @ (936)598-6315 Ext: 502


 Yolanda Neal Ext: 200





San Augustine Christmas Parade




The San Augustine Main Street HomeComing and Sugar Plums Christmas Parade will be held on Nov. 30, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. 


Parade Rules:
Parade entry forms are due by 5 p.m. on November 29, 2018.  
Turn the entry forms in to Texas Star Retail on the square or the City of San Augustine Main Street Office in the county courthouse on the 3rd floor.   (exception Miss Merry Christmas Contestants turn their forms into San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce according to the designated time that the chamber has set up)

All entries must be at Boliver Street by 4:30 p.m. to check in and line up for instructions by parade officials.  (please enter Bolivar Street down by the Senior Center) (call for exceptions 936-201-9798)

All entries must stay in the line until the parade is over.

For the safety of the community, we ask that candy not be thrown.  Downtown Merchant sponsored candy bags distributed by Santa’s Elves along the route.       
Please decorate in a Christmas Holiday theme.   (Winter Wonderland)
Lighted and musical entries encouraged!  


Winter Wonderland ideas:    icicles, snow, snowman, sleds, sleighs, Christmas trees snowflakes, park benches, pole lights, snowcapped gingerbread houses, lights, lights, and more lights!      

Parade route:  

Start at Boliver Street turn right onto Columbia Street and continue straight down taking a left on Montgomery Street and circling past the City Cemetary and taking a left on Harrison Street and back up to the square taking a right onto Columbia Street and down to Bolivar Street.    This is the end of the parade.     


Parade participants can be picked up at the end of the parade route on Bolivar Street.       
Trophy Categories are:

Best Animal Unit  (horses, carriage, K-9, etc)
Best Marching Unit  (military, American Legion, VFW, ROTC, etc.) 
Best Marching Band  (SAISD, other )
Best Commercial Entry  (business advertising, nursing home, etc.)
Best Non-Commercial Float  (churches, Lions Club, Rotary, etc.)
Best Miss Merry Christmas (Queen, Princess, Duchess, other 1 per category)     





Cold Weather Update





Weather Update






Football Varsity Schedules



Center vs. Liberty at Woodville at 7 p.m. Friday 16, 2018 on broadcast on KDET 930 AM.


Joaquin vs. West Sabine at Nacogdoches High School Friday 16, 2108 at 7:30 p.m


Tenaha vs. Shelbyville at Waskom Friday 16, 2018 broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM at 7 p.m.


Timpson vs. San Augustine at Henderson Friday 16, 2018 AT 7:30 p.m. broadcast on KXXE 92.5 FM.


Groveton vs. Garrison at Lufkin Saturday 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.


Logansport vs. Gueydan in Logansport Friday 16, 2018 at 7 p.m.







Center High School College & Career Fair 2018 Coverage





Video Coverage:




The Center High School career and college fair was held on 11-13-18 at Center ISD. The event started at 9:30 a.m. Teens from across the area gathered to learn of different education and work opportunities.


The event took place inside of the Center High School gym. Featuring local business, game wardens, the Center PD, and Center Broadcasting Company had a table also.

Click here for photos of the event.




Facebook Live Coverage:








Postal Service is Ready to Deliver Nearly 16 Billion Pieces of Cheer This Holiday Season Including more than 900 million packages



WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season – the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.


“The Postal Service is ready to deliver for the holiday season.  We have increased our operating capacity to include additional transportation and extended our delivery windows,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. “Our dedicated employees are proud to deliver more packages to homes than any other shipper.”


Once again the Postal Service is expanding its Sunday delivery operations to locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 25. The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and anticipates delivering more than 8 million packages on Sundays this December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.


Delivering for the Troops and Overseas

The Postal Service also processes mail for overseas Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of State (DoS) recipients. Interestingly, the DoD measures their mail volumes in pounds not pieces, and it’s expected that the Postal Service will process more than 16 million pounds of mail for DoD and DoS recipients between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.


Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days

With an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, there is no longer a “busiest day” for holiday shipping. Instead, the Postal Service’s busiest time is now two weeks before Christmas. Starting the week of Dec. 10, customer traffic is expected to increase, and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks. The week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, when nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.


Skip the Trip and Ship Online

Consumers don’t even have to leave home to ship their packages, simply visit The Postal Service anticipates Dec. 17 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 8 million consumers predicted to visit for help shipping that special holiday gift. It’s predicted that nearly 105 million consumers will visit our website between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And is always open.


It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship feature and other online services on Dec. 17 to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.


What’s New this Year

Informed Delivery is the Postal Service’s free daily digital preview of what’s coming to your mailbox. This holiday season, not only can you manage your packages and sneak a peek at cards headed your way, you can also see some exterior images of magazines and catalogs — all from your mobile app, dashboard, tablet or computer. Informed Delivery is one more way the Postal Service is helping you anticipate, communicate and celebrate this holiday season.


2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines*:


·       Dec. 4      – APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

·       Dec. 11    – APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

·       Dec. 14    – USPS Retail Ground

·       Dec. 18    – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express

·       Dec. 20    – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)

·       Dec. 20    – First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)

·       Dec. 20   –  Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

·       Dec. 20    – Priority Mail

·       Dec. 20    – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

·       Dec. 22    – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express

·       Dec. 22    – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express

·       Dec. 22    – Priority Mail Express

*Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. For Priority Mail Express shipments mailed December 22 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days.


Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom at


The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.



Farmers and Ranchers Have a Voice in Local Farm Program Decisions





COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, Nov. 6, 2018 – Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Gary Six today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible agricultural producers for the 2018 FSA county committee elections on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 3, 2018, to ensure their vote is counted. 


“County committee members represent the farmers, ranchers and foresters in our Texas communities,” said Six. “Producers elected to these committees have always played a vital role in local agricultural decisions. It is a valued partnership that helps us better understand the needs of the farmers and ranchers we serve.”


Nearly 7,700 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility.


Six said producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, may also be eligible to vote. 

Farmers and ranchers will begin receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 5. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. Voters who did not receive a ballot can pick one up at their local FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 3, 2018. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2019.


For more information, visit the FSA website at  You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office.  Visit to find an FSA office near you.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.




Tenaha Veteran's Day Program



Tenaha ISD held their Veteran's Day program on 11-12-18 at 9:30 a.m. in the morning.  Local veterans were honored by the students of Tenaha.





For photos of the event click here:











Shelby County Outreach Ministries Thanksgiving Fellowship



To Whom It May Concern:


Every year, Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. holds a Free
Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This gives people of this wonderful
Community of ours, that may not be able to spend this time with loved
Ones, a chance to have a great meal with amazing fellowship.

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be on November 22nd,
Thanksgiving Day, and lunch will be served from 11am to 1pm.

As with any community event, there are many variables unknown to us
Like the number of people that show up and how much food will be 
Needed.  We are asking all the local businesses and churches to help
Contribute to this Thanksgiving Dinner to ensure that we have enough 
Food to feed everyone.

We appreciate your past donations for this annual event.  If you feel
You can contribute, please contact our office at 936-598-4990 or


Thank you and God Bless,


Sherry Harding
Executive  Director



VFW Veteran's Day Ceremony



The local VFW Post 8904 and the Auxillary held a special Veteran's Day program in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI. 


For the photo gallery click here. 













Fatality Crash in Shelby County



SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two vehicle fatal crash on the morning of 11-11-18 on US 96, about 10 miles south of Center. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 6 a.m., a 2011 Buick passenger car was traveling south on US 96. For unknown reasons the Buick crossed over the center of the roadway and into the northbound lanes where it was struck by a 2017 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer.

The driver of the Buick is identified as 23-year-old Marquis Musco from Shreveport, LA. Musco was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the Peace.

The driver of the Peterbilt is identified as 26-year-old John Cooper from Mansfield, LA. Cooper was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center where he was reportedly treated and released.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.






Center City Council Meeting & City Updates


Center City Council meeting on 11-12-18 at 5 p.m. 



Click here for the agenda and city updates:










Boil Water Notice Flat Fork






Veterans Ride Held Saturday

Center, TX - The "Shelby County Appreciation for our Veterans Ride" was held Saturday afternoon. Veterans and supporters gathered at the historic 1885 Shelby County courthouse. 


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 14th day of November, 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 the minutes if the October 3, 2018 Special meeting, October 10, 2018 Regular meeting, October 17, 2018 Special meeting, October 24, 2018 Special meeting, and October 31, 2018 Special meeting.

2.Approve and pay weekly expenses.

3.Approve Officers’ Report.

4.Approve and pay current payroll.

5.Public comments on Agenda item.

6.Canvas votes for the November 6th General Election.

7.Accept or reject sealed bids for 2005 Chev. Trailblazer and 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew 4x2 for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.



DPU Arrest




On November 8, 2018, at about 12:40 a.m., deputies with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Directed Patrol Unit conducted a traffic stop that resulted in a narcotics arrest.  Deputies stopped a vehicle on Highway 171 in Stonewall, LA for a traffic violation and made contact with the driver, later identified as Cordarrel Cooksey (B/M – DOB: 06/28/1990) of Shreveport, LA.  During speaking with the driver, deputies noticed what they believed to be marijuana in plain view on the floor board of the vehicle.  Consent was requested to search the vehicle but the driver refused.  Deputies advised Cooksey they had observed what they believed to be marijuana in plain view, explained his Miranda rights, and conducted a vehicle search.  Deputies located digital scales, over $2,000 in cash, a pill bottle with no prescription label that contained pills believed to be ecstasy, a large glass jar containing suspected marijuana, and large sandwich bags containing additional pills believed to be ecstasy.  A total of over 700 grams of ecstasy and 2.5 ounces of suspected marijuana were located in the vehicle Cooksey was operating.  Deputies seized all of the evidence and currency and placed Cooksey under arrest.  He was later transported to DeSoto Parish Detention Center and booked on the following charges:


No Proof of Insurance

License Plate Light

Possession of Schedule I MDMA (Ecstasy) with Intent to Distribute

Possession of Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia






San Augustine Commissioners' Court Meeting


Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above-named Commissioners Court will be held on 
Tuesday, the 13th day of November 2018 at 8:00 o’clock A.M.


Click here for the agenda:









USDA Reminds Producers of Dec. 1st Sales Closing Date for Noninsurable Crops



The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the crop deadline of December 1, 2018. 

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including perennial grass forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy, and industrial crops.

Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA’s online Agent Locator: Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator,, to predict insurance premium costs.

December 1, 2018 is the deadline to purchase NAP for grass and mixed forage for grazing or hay.

For more information on NAP, service fees, premiums and sales deadlines, contact your local FSA office at 936-564-5891 extension 2 or visit the web at







Chris Paddie Visits Shelby County Courthouse










Truck Loses Trailers



SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one-vehicle crash yesterday evening 11-8-18 on US 96, about one mile north of County Road 3774. 



Photos by: Ray Fountain


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 7:15 p.m., a 2001 Dodge pickup was traveling south on US 96; towing two trailers. The pickup was reportedly traveling at an unsafe speed and left the roadway to the right and traveled down a grassy hill off the roadway. 






The driver is identified as 79-year-old Lige Horton Jr., from Kirbyville, TX.  Horton was not reportedly injured during the crash.  No additional information is available at this time.







State Representative Chris Paddie will Be in Center



State Representative Chris Paddie will be at the active Shelby County Courthouse on San Augustine Street 2nd floor community room at 1 p.m. today 11-9-18.  

From Chris Paddie:


I hope that everyone is able to join us at one of these town hall meetings, however, if you are not able to there are several ways to get in touch with me either before or during the legislative session. I encourage everyone to stay connected as we move through the legislative session, as we will be dealing with many important issues, such as school finance and property tax reform.






Center FD Aides Injured Hunter



On Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, the Center Fire Department received a call regarding a man who fell out of a deer stand.  The individual was in pain and thought he might have broken something.  

The accident occurred on County Road 1006 off of HWY 96 South.  The Center Fire Department and other local emergency services responded to the scene.  The man was transported by an ambulance service to the hospital in Center, TX.  












Wreck Near Steel Building Supply in Center



Yesterday 11-8-18 at around 1 p.m. there was a two-vehicle accident that occurred near Steel Building Supply in Center, TX.  According to a DPS officer no one was harmed in the wreck. 












Wreck on Intersection of Loop 500 outside of Center









At approximately 12:29 p.m. on 11-8-18 Mr. Daniel Perry McSwain 75 of Center was driving a silver Chevrolet when he was struck by a Nissan Path Finder driven by Dianne Walker 72 of Center.  Both vehicles suffered major front end damage as a result of the collision.  Both drivers were taken by Allegiance Mobile Health former ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center.   


A two-vehicle wreck occurred outside of Center, Texas at the intersection of Loop 500 and HWY 7 on 11-8-18 at around 1 p.m. 





The Center Fire Department and Center Police Department formed a traffic blockade while Allegiance mobile health formerly ACE EMS responded. 





Wrecker services responded and the road was cleared and traffic resumed, more information to follow as is released by the Center Police Department.  











US Flag Half Staff Alert



As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7, 2018, the President of the United States has issued a Proclamation that the Flag of the United States be flown at half staff until sunset, Saturday, November 10, 2018.


All flags flying with the US Flag should also be lowered.  If you have US Flag that remains outdoors and cannot be lowered, respect can be shown by tying a black ribbon or cord to the top of the staff.





Martial Art Championship Winners



On November 3, 2018 students from Self Defense America went to a Karate Championship tournament in Shreveport LA and represented Shelby County! In the first photo we have from left to right;




Zoey Deas with a 5th in Chanbara Fighting, Caitlyn Madden with a Bronze in Point Sparring, Emma Madden with a Bronze in Point Sparring, Rex Payne with a Silver in Chanbara fighting, Logan Galindo with a 1st trophy in Speciality Forms, and 2 Bronzes  in Weapons and Forms, Zac Payne placed 5th in Chanbara and Point Sparring and Ryder Moody placed 1st place trophy in Point Sparring, Silver in Chanbara and Silver in Forms. Congratulations to you all for your hard work.










Weather Update






Today's News 11-7-18





Weather Update






Search uncovers drugs




On Nov. 5, 2018, officers with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety went to a residence at 1153 FM 2026 in Center in response to reported illegal activity at the residence.


An SCSO investigator and DPS officer arrived on scene and identified one individual as Roy Denver Byrd JR. Byrd who was known to have an active warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (SJF). Byrd was taken into custody without incident.





Further information obtained on scene led to the led officers to a consensual search by the occupant of the residence and surrounding property. During the search, Juan Tramaine Tutt was found hiding in a closet in the residence. Tutt had multiple warrants out of Shelby County and was taken into custody without incident.


During the search in the closet area, approximately 2 ¼ ounces of marijuana was located. Officers also recovered eight ounces of suspected methamphetamine. Tutt also had $1,100 in cash that is believed to be derived from the sale of illegal narcotics. Seizure paperwork will be filed on the money.


At the time Byrd was booked into the county jail; additional illegal narcotics were found on his person. A warrant for Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility (F-3) was obtained and served on Byrd.


Multiple warrants are forthcoming for Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance as well as other charges on multiple individuals.


The SCSO extends sincere thanks to the Texas Department of Public Safety for their assistance.








Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results



The Shelby County Commissioner’s Court met this morning 11-7-18 and took the following actions:


1.  They approved and paid weekly expenses and additional expenses.

2.  No public comments on Agenda items.

3. They discussed and approved the purchase of a small trailer for Commissioner Pct.3.

4. They approved a new lease with Pitney Bowes for the postage machine, Quarterly at 813.69.

5.  They approved the 2018 Resolution for the Indigent Defense Grant Program.

6.  They adjourned.





Center PD Drug Busts















Center Drug Bust





Weather Update




Shelby County Election Results



State Senator, District 3

Robert Nichols (Rep) 5,924

Shirley Layton (Dem) 1,432

Bruces Quarles (Lib) 44

Total: 7,400

State Representative, District 9

Chris Paddie (Rep) 6,208

Total: 6,208


Justice 12th Court of Appeals District, Pl 3

Greg Neeley 6,114

Total: 6,114


County Judge

Allison Harbison (Rep) 6,314

Total: 6,314


District Clerk

Lori Oliver (Rep) 6,290

Total: 6,290


County Clerk

Jennifer Fountain (Rep) 6,265

Total: 6,265


County Treasurer 

Ann Blackwell (Rep) 6,167

Total: 6,167

County Commissioner Pct. 4

Jimmy Lout (Rep) 1,293

Total: 1,293


Justice of the Peace Pct. 1

Melissa Crouch (Rep) 2,846

Total: 2,846

Justice of the Peace Pct. 2

Marla Denby (Rep) 944

Total: 944

Justice of the Peace Pct. 3

Margie Anderson (Rep) 1,109

Total: 1,109


Justice of the Peace Pct. 4

Jackie Kirkwood (Rep) 400

Jenny L. Hicks (Dem) 148

Total: 548


Justice of the Peace Pct. 5

Tracy Broadway (Rep) 674

Write-In (Mike Crouch) 328

Total: 1,002




City of Center Council Member, Dist 2

Rogers Yarborough 68

Jerry G. Lathan 126

Total: 194

Center ISD School Board

Joyce Edwards 620

Daphne LaRock 1,482

Deuce Wulf 1,350

Greg Hubbard 1,222

John Henry Holloway 1,434

Traci Willoughby 1,618






Tenaha PD Sending Patch to Boy with Cancer




The Tenaha Police Department will be sending a patch to a young boy battling cancer who enjoys collecting law enforcement patches.  

The Tenaha Police Department said, "A few individuals tagged us in a post of a young man who is battling cancer. The post stated the boy was collecting police patches and is a big fan of law enforcement. We are honored, here at the Tenaha Police Department, to send this young man a patch of our very own to add to his collection. Please feel free to share this post so that other agencies may see this post and be able to bring a smile to this young mans face by receiving their agencies patch as well." 





Man Flees in Vehicle From Center PD



On October 30, 2018 at approximately 0745 hours Sgt. Knowlton, of the Center Police Department, conducted a traffic stop on Arcadia Road with a vehicle for a traffic violation.  During the traffic stop the driver of the vehicle was identified as Troy Anderson and was known by Sgt. Knowlton to have an active parole warrant for his arrest.  After instructing Mr. Anderson to exit his vehicle, Mr. Anderson placed his vehicle in drive and sped away from the scene.  Pursuit of the vehicle was then conducted with the pursuit ending on CR 1490- after the suspect vehicle became stuck in a ditch. Mr. Anderson then fled on foot where he was apprehended a short time later by K9 Elliott.  Suspected methamphetamine was later recovered from the suspect’s vehicle and a firearm- that was reported as stolen out of Timpson, TX- was recovered after it was removed from Mr. Anderson right hand by K9 Elliott.  Mr. Anderson was subsequently arrested and booked into the jail for the following charges:

1.Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG1>=1G<4G
2.Evading Arrest/Detention w/ a Motor Vehicle 
3.Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence w/ Intent to Impair
4.Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
5.Parole Warrant


Additional charges are expected in this case.









Today's News 11-6-18






FSA County Committee Elections to Begin

(NACOGDOCHES)  November 6, 2018 – Ballots for the 2018 Angelina-Nacogdoches-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby Farm Service Agency county committee elections began on Monday, Nov. 5, with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters.    The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec.3, 2018.


Eligible voters who do not receive ballots can obtain ballots from their local USDA Service Center.  Dec. 3, 2018, is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers. Ballots returned by mail must also be postmarked no later than Dec. 3. Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2019.


Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election.  Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

Committees are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA.  They are comprised of three to 11 members who serve three-year terms.  Farmers and Ranchers who are electd to serve apply their judgement and knowledge to help with the decisions necessary to administer FSA programs in their counties, ensuring that the needs of local producers are met.


For more information, visit the FSA website at You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office. Visit to find an FSA office near you.




Veteran's Cemetery










Weather Update


Looks like we will alternate upper air disturbances that will give rain chances and Highs with dry air to allow much cooler weather by Thursday. More sunshine on the way for this week.


Monday - 58/77, wind 10-12 mph, clouds begin to form by 10 with rain and some thunder by 1 pm 1/10"

Tuesday - Am clouds, 65/80, light winds
Wednesday - 57/75, clouds early, T-storms by noon, 1/0"
Thursday - 45/67,Afternoon T-showers, 1/2"
FRIDAY - clouds early, chilly  low of 41/56 Hi with noontime sunshine, light winds for Wolf Football
Saturday - Sunny, chilly again, 42/58
Sunday - 46/53 with lots of sun for Veterans Day
Monday - Holiday to celebrate Veterans Day, Sunny, 44/61
Tuesday - 39/59 Sun shine







Shelby County Voting Locations



The polls close at 7 p.m. tonight 11-6-18.   





Today's News 11-5-18






Timpson Band Advances to UIL State Marching Band Championships





On Saturday, October 27, the Timpson High School Marching Band competed at the UIL Area C Marching Band Contest held at Pine Tree’s Pirate Stadium in Longview.  Fifteen bands competed in class 2A, and the Bear Band placed second. The top three bands from the area contest advanced to the state contest, which will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio on November 6.  This is the second year in a row for the Bear Band to advance to the State Marching Contest!  The Carlisle and Union Grove bands will join Timpson in representing Area C at the Alamodome.  Timpson will perform at 9:00am on Tuesday morning. There will be 17 class 2A bands competing, and the top 7 bands from the preliminary round will perform again on Tuesday evening for the final round.    






Some of the judges’ comments from the Area Contest were:
“Impressive technique!”
“Difficult marches played well. Impressive music selection.”
“What a treat to see this kind of superb marching!”
“Tasty, supportive percussion.”
“Expressive control. Great finish!”
“Wonderful step size and posture!”
“Your ranks were exemplary.”

“Thanks for a musical treat, and a great look of posture and elegance.  I loved it!”

The band will leave this Monday morning for their trip to State and will have a rehearsal that afternoon followed by dinner in the Alamo City.  The band is excited to see San Antonio again and visit The Alamo and other attractions.  Marching in the Alamodome will certainly be the highlight of the trip!  At the end of the contest, the band will visit Market Square and have dinner at the famous Mi Tierra Café y Panderia!  Great job and good luck, Bear Band! 










Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018 is fast approaching.  Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Auxiliary cordially invites you to attend their remembrance program that will be held in the 1885 Historic Courthouse at 1 pm that day.  The 100th anniversary that ended World War I will be celebrated as will the lives of 884 citizens from Shelby County who served during that time.


During the past year the Auxiliary and other citizens from the community have completed the knitting of over 2500 remembrance poppies for their “Weeping Window” that will be on display that day.  Flowing out of one of the windows will be knitted poppies of; red, representing blood shed by Americans in the World War; white for the nurses who served, tended to the sick and wounded and died from disease, accidents and enemy action; and purple for the animals who also served and died in the chaos of war.


The Weeping Window should make a great photo opportunity to remember those who served a century ago. 



Weather Update



A slight risk for severe thunderstorms remains possible Monday through Monday evening primarily over Southwest Arkansas, North Louisiana, and extreme Eastern Texas. However, the new suite of model data suggests that the greatest and more organized severe weather threat will remain to our north and east Monday afternoon and evening.   


Please continue to monitor the latest forecasts and information from your favorite weather sources, as there remains a threat for severe thunderstorms Monday. Damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, and brief heavy rainfall remain possible in the stronger storms before they diminish from west to east Monday evening.    





Center NAMMB Results


Center NAMMB Ratings: 1-1-1-1-1 Congratulations Roughrider Band, you have earned a first division from every judge so far this year.





Timpson Volleyball Advance to Regional Quarter Final



Timpson Lady Bears Volleyball defeated Rivercrest for the area championship Thursday night in Union Grove to advance to the regional quarter-finals.


The Timpson Lady Bears Volleyball will take on North Hopkins in the Regional Quarter Final game on Monday, November, 5th at Mabank High School. 6:30 p.m.  









Timpson Performs Excellent at NAMMB Contest



At the NAMMB (National Association of Military Marching Bands) contest in Nacogdoches Saturday at SFA, the Timpson Bear Band won the Bobby Goff Superior Performance Award, and First Place in Class 2A. 


Carlisle placed 2nd and Beckville placed 3rd. Timpson will now perform at the UIL State Marching Contest at 9 a.m. Tuesday in San Antonio ar the Alamodome. This will be a prelim performance.








San Augustine Fatality Crash



SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one-vehicle crash early this morning 11-4-18 on SH 147, about three miles south of San Augustine.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 12:30 a.m., a 2014 Chevrolet passenger car was traveling north on SH 147. The driver was reportedly traveling at an unsafe speed when the vehicle drove off the roadway to the right, overcorrected to the left and crossed back over the roadway to the left and struck a tree.

The driver of the vehicle is identified as 21-year-old Octavian Burrell, from San Augustine. Burrell was pronounced deceased at the scene by a San Augustine County Justice of the Peace.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.




Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting



Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County

Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 7th day of November 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:


1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.

2. Public comments on Agenda item.

3. Discuss and possibly approve a purchase of a small trailer for Commissioner Pct.3.

4. Discuss and possibly approve a new lease with Pitney Bowes for the postage machine, Quarterly at 813.69.

5. Approve the 2018 Resolution for the Indigent Defense Grant Program.

6. Adjourn.



Joaquin City Council Meeting



The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Monday, November 5, 2018
4:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.




1.Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.


2.Discussion & Council Action on purchase of 250 KW generator and 85 KW generator for water plant.

3.Discussion & Council Action on approval of installation bid for Water Plant generator installation.


4.Discussion & Council Action on Inter-local agreement with Buy-Board.







Fundraiser 11-2-18









The Sheriff's Office is Taking Bids on Vehicles



The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is taking sealed bids on:


2005 Chev. Trailblazer with 87,000 miles $3000. Min bid


2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x2 with 222,000 miles $3000.min. bid


Both vehicles are in good running condition and are sold as is.


Both vehicles may be seen at the Sheriff’s Office




Augustine Street Center Texas 75935


The Deadline is November 13th, 2018.



Today's News 11-2-18






October rain total and year to date totals



Some of these monthly totals are off due to outages or new installation dates. Some like mine have only missed a couple of days where I had to use rain in my manual gauges. Just to give you a reference point to average yearly totals, my average annual rainfall total over the last 38 years is 52.12 inches that was taken from a stack of "Big Chief Tablet" records by Jerry Nickerson and Sam Malone. 


Individual years has seen some very wide swings in the years from VERY DRY to VERY WET. An example: the last 12 years the swing has been 2010's drought 31.85 inches to 2009's wet 55.65 inches.  I will try to dig back thru and find  the month and years with the Highest and Lowest rain totals. I do remember one of the highest was something like 17 inches above normal.


The Personal Weather Stations in GREEN are the 6 PWS that are located in San Augustine County.

Center KTXCENTE16  10.97 inches {Year 50.55}
Harmony Hill  KTXSANAU10  No report. possible outage. 
Deep East Texas  KTXSANAU9    11.51 {year 40.59} 2 weeks outage 4 Davis eqpt repair
Ayish Bayou North  KTXSANAU12  7.78 inches  {27.03} recent install
San Augustine  KTXSANAU6   6.81 inches {year 49.13} 3 day outage-battery backup failure
Swanson Hill  KTXGOOD2 8.15 inches {year 27.69}  
Broaddus  KTXBROAD2 6.95 inches {52.60 currently down} 
Etoile    KTXETIOL2   6.22 inches {year 38.22} down due to lightning hit earlier in the year 



Santa Invites Dr. Jheri-Lynn Mcswain to serve as grand Marshal of Santa's christmas parade


Santa Claus recently delivered an invitation to Dr. Jheri-Lynn McSwain to serve as Grand Marshal of the 19th annual Santa’s Christmas Parade. The parade, presented by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m.  


Dr. Jheri-Lynn McSwain was the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award and was recognized at the annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet for her contributions in and around Shelby County.  


Categories for the 2018, ”A “Mardi Gras Christmas” themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations.  Parade participants are asked to decorate with lights for the nighttime parade and have audible Christmas music playing. There are applicable rules and considerations for entries with horses. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize.


Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the entry deadline on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.  Applications for the parade, vendor space and entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at  


For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or





Weather Update




Wright Chrysler Doge Jeep Pumpkin Contest



A big THANK YOU to everyone that participated this year!


And a big CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Finalists!


We have two overall winners! The winner of the Facebook voting and the winner that was voted on by judges.





Our Facebook winner this year for the $100 gift card is Brylee Rogers and her Witch Pumpkin!

Our Judges voting winner this year for the $100 gift card is Jacie Keele and her Chicken/Pen Pumpkin!


The two runner ups for the Facebook voting are:


In second place for the $50 gift card is Raylee Erwin!


In third place for the $25 gift card is Madilynn Roe!


Congratulations to everyone involved, we had an awesome turn out this year and we look forward to next year!


Please come in to claim your prize as soon as possible!







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