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DRT Give Presentation at Shelby County Museum



The Daughters of the Republic of Texas gave a presentation at yesterday's 1-15-19 meeting of the Shelby County Historical Society at the Shelby County Museum. The meeting began at 2 p.m.







Excelsior ISD 2019 Spelling Bee Winner







Nacogdoches Police are investigating a shooting



Police were called to 1723 Clarice St in reference to a gunshot victim in the early evening of January 14th 2019.  At 5:34 PM Officers were dispatched to a report of a gunshot victim at 1723 Clarice St.  Officers located a single gunshot victim at the residence. 


The victim was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper leg and was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and believed to be in stable condition.   


The victim was identified to be Joel Garcia 30 years of age from Nacogdoches, Texas.  At this time it appears a male suspect was outside the residence near the street and discharged a firearm multiple times at the victim striking him once in the leg. The suspect then fled in a white four-door car. Detectives are still actively working on identifying the suspect in this case.  


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






Weather Update


At 3:59 am it was 28.5 degrees. As you can see from our weather map below, we are in a very disturbed pattern with lots of single digit lows behind the cold fronts. The Gulf moisture and winds will warm us thru Friday into the 60's for highs and 50's for lows.....with T-storm and rain of about 3/4 to 1 inch......Then, we put up our light jackets, long sleeve shirts and sweaters ...pull out or winter gear, gloves and hats. The second graphic....Very cold, very windy, and our "Feels Like" temp will likely fall into the TEENS! Saturday and Sunday as our lows will be in the low 20's.


Remember to check on People, Plants, Pets, Pipes & the Elderly.





CR 2571 Near Shelbyville To Close Wednesday



According to Shelby County Precinct 2 Commissioner, Jimmy Lout, County Road 2571 willed be closed for repair on Wednesday, January 16th. Mr. Lout said he hopes to have the road re-opened by late Wednesday evening. County road 2571 runs from FM 139 near East Liberty to McClelland church.



Plans Underway for Unveiling of Historical Marker at Excelsior



The public is invited to our Texas Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony at Excelsior School on February 23, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. The Historical marker commemorates what is now Excelsior Independent School District as being the only Common School in Shelby County, Texas remaining out of approximately 90 common schools in the late nineteenth century.


In conjunction with the dedication of the historical marker, Excelsior will host a school reunion for the first time ever. It seems like only yesterday that we stood pledging allegiance in our class rooms. Time has flown by and it’s hard to believe that we are getting ready to celebrate our long overdue school reunion. 


Our program for the day of events is shaping up something like this:


10:00 a.m. - Fellowship in Excelsior Gym – Slide Show

11:00 a.m. - Program begins in Gym  

Opening Prayer

National Anthem with Excelsior 8th Grade entering with Flags

Pledge of Allegiance

Benny Russell – Excelsior School Board President

Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison

Colleen Doggett – Shelby County Historical Commission

Laura Harris – Excelsior Timeline

Laura Harris - Introduction of some of Excelsior’s earliest Students

Present day Excelsior Teachers – Alice Howard  ~  Mila Smith ~ Alyson Porter

Benny Russell – Remarks & Recognitions

At this time, we will gather at the front entrance of the school for the unveiling of the marker.

David Chadwick – Mayor of Center - Historical Commission

Presentation of the Historical Marker

Closing Prayer

Ringing of the bell



Food Truck available for purchasing lunch

Tables for lunch in historic, 1916 White Building (formerly class rooms & cafeteria)

Open Microphone for sharing old memories.





Teacher of the Year








Texas VFW District 19 held its winter meeting this past Saturday, January 12 at VFW Post 3893, Nacogdoches.  Virginia Fischer who teaches at the Roughrider Academy and family joined us for lunch and the awards ceremony.  Virginia was selected as the District 19 Teacher of the Year, grades 9-12.  Those in the photos l-r; VFW Post 8904 Commander Gene Hutto, Auxiliary Chaplain Joy Hutto, Auxiliary Sr. Vice Mary Fausett; Virginia’s son-in-law Michael Grimes, mother-in-law Barbara Fischer, daughter Starla, Virginia with plaque, daughter Molly Grimes, Auxiliary Secretary Beverly Langford and State of Texas Chief of Staff Terry Contella who made the presentation.





Wreck on HWY 96 South


Wreck on HWY 96 South about 9 miles outside of Center. More to follow.







Center City Council Meeting






Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Agenda



Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 16th day of January, 2019 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.An executive session will be held for the purpose of consulting with the law firm of Flowers and Davis. This closed session is authorized by the Texas Open Meeting Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.071.

4.Reopen Special meeting.

5.Discuss and possibly make a decision on issues discussed in the Executive Session.

6.SCHC request permission from Commissioner's Court to submit application for grant funding with the Texas Historical Commission for the Shelby County 1913 Historical Courthouse Annex Bldg. 

7.Discuss and possibly approve the Resolution in Opposition to Unfunded Mandates which when approved will be sent to Members of the Legislature

8.Approve Draw Request Transmittal for GrantWorks Invoice No. 1 in the amount of $7,837.50.




Roughrider Radio: Basketball Season Coverage Begins TONIGHT!



The Roughrider Radio Team will cover the Riders' district basketball season, beginning tonight with their district opener at home against rival Carthage. 


The broadcast will begin at 7:00 with an extended visit with head coach Hiram Harrison discussing the season to this point, the district challenges ahead, and tonight's match-up. 


At halftime, they visit with cheerleader of the night Katelyn Duvon.


The coverage will be on KQQB 100.5 fm:  Roughriders v Bulldogs, 7pm tonight.







Joaquin Economic Development Corporation Meeting



The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, January, 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.


1.Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2.Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3.Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4.Review of financial standing & current priorities list of JED Corporation.




Joaquin Public Safety Corporation Meeting



The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, January 15, 2019
at 5:30 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.


1.Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2.Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3.Board discussion & possible action on taking of bids for construction of JVFD substation on Hwy 7 property.
4.Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
5.Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.






Joaquin City Council Meeting



The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday January 15, 2019
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 & Adjustments Report.
c.Public Works Manager-Update – Departmental Updates
d.Water Department-Update—Ongoing Water Projects
e.Events Committee -Christmas Festival Report.
f.Joaquin Public Safety Development Committee -Report.
g.Joaquin Economic Development Committee -Report.
6.Council approval on Payment of Bills.
7.Presentation to Council by RG3 meters
8.Discussion & Council action possibly writing off debt owed to the city by Ms. Rose Mary Frost.
9.Discussion & Council action on scheduling a tour of the city streets with economic development and city employees to discuss a course of action & prioritize repairs needed based on condition of roads. 
10.Discussion & Council action on creating a work schedule/trash duty in our city park. 
11.Discussion with Council members about our current policy on cut dates from city utilities. 
12.Discussion and Council action on declaring a day on our calendar in our city in honor of Boo’s Battle.
13.Discussion & Council Action on approval of contribution of funds for Recycle Trailer.
14.Discussion & Council Action on Ordering City Election May 4, 2019.
15.Discussion & Council Action on approval of loan from Texas State Bank for the purposes of installing back-up generators for water system.



Andrew Williams Thank You Letter




























I want to start off by saying thank you to the local businesses who pulled together in my time of injury and donated food, or other items for the benefit, without your donation it wouldn’t have been possible. I’d also like to thank everyone who donated time and effort into the benefit and made it all possible. A special thank you to Chief Byndom, and the Center Fire Department for allowing the benefit to take place at your facility. Thank you to the Shelby County Cookers for preparing the chicken and helping with other task throughout the benefit. I want to say thank you to all who have prayed, sent donations, or came to visit me during my stay in the hospital. I’ve never been more proud of the the City of Center and all of its residents and business than I am now. To see the heartfelt compassion they have for me, never in a million years did I realize I meant so much to so many. Everything you’ve all done has been a tremendous help for my family and I. I can not wait to regain my strength, health, and make a full recovery to be able to come back to work and serve the great community and it’s people! Again Thank You to all that have helped in anyway, I owe everything to you all!


Officer Andrew Williams




Shelby County Historical Society Meeting



The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting January 15, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Shelby County Museum located on Pecan Street. The speaker this month will be Mrs. Margaret Casto with other DRT members.  They will be speaking on the history of the Republic of Texas.





Deep East Texas County Commissioners and Judges Association Receives Legislative Briefing



Austin, Texas – Members of the Deep East Texas County Commissioners and Judges Association met in Austin Tuesday just before the 86th Legislature was sworn in.  Their main item of business was a briefing on the upcoming legislative session from the Senior Legislative Manager of the County Judges and Commissioners Association Rick Thompson and the General Counsel for the County Judges & Commissioners Association of Texas, Jim Allison.  The focus of the discussion was potential legislative actions that would affect county government.


Allison gave the commissioners and judges a quick review of some of the issues expected to come up during the session.  “Public Education funding is expected to be high on everyone’s priorities,” said Allison.  ”Also, Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Patrick are still talking about a property tax cap which could affect one of the few income sources for counties” added Thompson.  Alliston stressed that Unfunded Mandates placed on the counties often drive the need to raise local taxes.


“On one hand, counties have very limited ways to generate operating funds, but property taxes are what most counties depend on for income. So it’s a double whammy when the state gives counties additional responsibilities without giving them a way to pay for the costs – and – then want to put additional limits on how we handle property taxes,” said Deep East Texas


County Commissioners and Judges Association President, Shelby County Judge, Allison Harbison.

One of the most interesting changes this session involves the outcome of the recent general election.  “This time the rural counties – not the folks living along Interstate 35 – are the ones that put the statewide office holders back in office,” said Allison, “and we’ll be reminding them.”


In wrapping up, Allison urged the commissioners and judges to get to know their legislators, and their staff, early in the session.  “There have been over six-thousand bills pre-filed, fifteen hundred of them pertaining to county government.  They will not have the time to research every one that comes up so they will need to be comfortable reaching out to reliable resources, like you, to tell them how the legislation would affect county government,” he concluded.



CASA Royale 2019






East Texas Collision Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony






East Texas Collision Center located on the loop in Center had their official ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 10, 2019. Tune in on Friday Jan. 11, 2019 to our morning news on KDET 930 AM or KQBB 100.5 FM to hear owner Casey Metcalf tell us why he got into the business. 






Boil water notice Paxton Public Water System


Due to a water outage from a broken main the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Paxton  public water system ID# 2100031 to notify all of the customers on the Jackson side that were without water on 01/10/2019 to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions). 


To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 


When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice. 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. 


If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Stacey Cransford at 936-572-0973.






Weather Update



Not much to talk about. Nothing severe. Just typical weather for this time of the year.  Some Sun. Some warm. Some Cold. Some clouds. Some rain. Some wind. Mostly 50's for highs...couple of 60's late in the 10 day view. 40's and 30's with some frost for lows.






City of Tenaha Proclamation






Burglary Suspect arrested
















On 01-05-19 a suspect entered a business on highway 59 South by breaking the front glass door. Once inside the business the suspect took several items and then left in a white Chevy 4-door car. This crime was captured by video surveillance cameras that the business had installed.

On 01-08-2019 the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office made the video public to help identify the suspect.  Later that night the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a clerk in Mt. Enterprise that a subject matching the description and vehicle had just left there store and was possibly headed to Arkansas. 

Working with Mena Police in Arkansas, we were able to positively identify the suspect as John Mejia 43 years of age from Mena Arkansas. After NCSO made positive identification of the suspect and vehicle, a warrant was issued for the arrest of John Mejia. 

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office was advised last night by the Mena police department that the suspect had made it home to his residence. NCSO requested that the Mena Police Department execute the warrant that been issued for the suspects arrest.  Shortly after 9 pm last night the Mena police department took the suspect into custody. The Mena Police Department gained consent to search the suspect’s residence and vehicle.  Some items recovered at that location are believed to be stolen. 

NCSO detectives have learned that John Mejia has been gone from his residence since 12-31-18 and has been traveling through Texas. NCSO detectives have searched a national data base linking Mejia to numerous pawn shops in Texas. Further information obtained by NCSO leads us to believe that Mejia has possible committed burglaries in the Houston area as well. 
John Mejia has been booked into the Polk County Jail in Arkansas but has refused extradition back to Texas. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Nacogdoches District Attorney’s Office to obtain a Governor’s Warrant on Mejia to have him extradited back to Nacogdoches County. 

John Mejia has been charged with burglary of building a state jail felony at this time. This investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely to be filed by other agencies in the near future. 

We would like to thank to the public for their assistance in this case, and a special thank you to the clerks that work in Mt. Enterprise for contacting us. Your assistance has helped us capture a burglary suspect! 



Texas Historical Marker for Excelsior Common School No. 47



The State of Texas has declared Excelsior Common School No. 47 is a historical site. Excelsior School has been in existence for over 120 years. Plans are in motion for a Spring dedication ceremony for the unveiling of the marker.


An Excelsior Alumni reunion is also being planned in conjunction with the marker dedication. This will be a first time reunion for Excelsior School. We are requesting copies of pictures and any of your Excelsior school memories. The reunion committee is also on the hunt for the oldest living student. If you would like to help with the planning or if you need to submit any information, please contact the following reunion committee members:

Laura Harris - - 936-591-1278
Barbara Scates - - 936-591-1047
Or call:

Benny & Thelma Russell - 936-598-2259
Excelsior School - 936-598-5866


Everyone is invited to this very special historical event!

Pass the word around and watch for updates!




Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results



The Shelby County Commissioners Court held a meeting on January 9th, 2019 here are the results:

1. They approved the minutes of the previous meetings.

2. They approved and paid weekly expenses.

3. They approved the current payroll. 

4. They approved the officer's reports.

5. No public comments.

6. They discussed and approved a deed on a tract of land that was deed to the County by the Albert Burns Estate, giving a portion of the land back. 





Basketball Schedules




Center Roughriders

The Center Roughriders varsity basketball team has a home game vs. their rival school the Carthage Bulldogs on Friday, January 11 at, 7:30 p.m.


Shelbyville Dragons 
The Shelbyville Dragons varsity basketball team has a home game vs. the Tenaha Tigers on Friday, January 11 at, 9:30 p.m.


Timpson Bears

The Timpson Bears varsity basketball team has an away game vs. their rival school the Garrison Bulldogs on Friday, January 11, at 8 p.m.


San Augustine Wolves

The San Augustine Wolves varsity basketball team has a home game vs. the Martinsville Pirates on Friday, January 11, at 5 p.m.



Logansport Tigers
The Logansport Tigers varsity basketball team has an away game vs. the St. Mary Tigers in (Natchitoches, LA) on Tuesday, January 15, at 6 p.m.







Pastor Stories - William Dee Daniel









This time on Pastor Stories we met with Pastor William Dee Daniel pastor of the Timpson First Baptist Church. He shares how he became involved in the ministry. 








Wreck on HWY 7




SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a one-vehicle crash on Jan. 8, 2019, on SH 7, about eight miles west of Center.


The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 3:50 p.m., a 2012 GMC pickup was traveling west on SH 7. Investigators believe the driver fell asleep and drove off the roadway to the right and struck a tree.

The driver is identified as 27-year-old Eliezer Briones, from Nacogdoches. Briones was transported by medical helicopter to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport for treatment.

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




FLW Tour at Sam Rayburn




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Wanted by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office














Hector Renee Sandoval  24 years old
6'2  175 lbs

Wanted for:
Aggravated Kidnapping Felony 1
Aggravated Sexual Assault Felony 1
Probation Violation MA 



Sandoval was last known driving a 2018 gray jeep wrangler with Oklahoma license plates. 

Sandoval may possibly be in the Mt. Enterprise or Tyler area.  Further information on the case will not be released until Sandoval is in custody.






Jury Cancellation for January 14, 2019






Information sought on burglary suspect



On 01-05-2019 shortly after 3:00 am, an unknown white male broke into a business in the 7000 block of Highway 59 S. The suspect entered through the front door by breaking the glass. The subject is seen on video stealing several items and then exiting the business. The suspect gets into a mid-2000 model white Chevy Malibu and proceeds on highway 59 S toward Lufkin.




Items stolen:
150 Two dollar bills 
30 Eisenhower dollar coins
One baseball hall of fame commemorative coin


White Male, bald head was wearing a long sleeve shirt with shorts and some type of lace up boots. The subject appears to have a tattoo on his left calf muscle. Also appears to have a tattoo around his left arm, possibly a sleeve tattoo.


2000 model Chevrolet Impala 4 door with missing front hubcaps. 
If you have any information on this crime or the identity of this person please contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office or crime stoppers at 936-560-4636. We will be enhancing this video in the near future and will update this information when the enhancement is completed.





CASA Royale


Join CASA of Deep East Texas for our annual CASA Royale Fundraiser at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches on Saturday, January 19. Guests will enjoy Vegas-style casino games including craps, blackjack, roulette, and poker while listening to the smooth sounds of the SFA Jazz Band. Casino coins are exchanged for raffle tickets. Fajitas will be served and a cash bar will be available.


All proceeds go to support CASA of Deep East Texas.


Tickets are $50 each and include $250 in casino cash. Sponsorship packages available.


CASA of Deep East Texas was founded in 2006 by a group of citizens who saw a need CASA in the child welfare system in Nacogdoches County. CASA of Deep East Texas expanded their services to Shelby and San Augustine Counties in 2011. In 2017, CASA of Deep East Texas served 276 children in Nacogdoches, Shelby, and San Augustine counties and currently have 43 active volunteers. CASA of Deep East Texas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and is a member of the National and Texas CASA Associations. There are more than 1,000 CASA programs nationwide and 72 CASA programs in the state of Texas.



CASA of Deep East Texas serves Nacogdoches, Shelby, and San Augustine Counties.  We recruit and train volunteers from the community to advocate on behalf of children in foster care.  We currently serve 186 children and we need the support of our community to continue our efforts to make sure that every child in foster care has a voice.  Won’t you please join us at our CASA Royale Event on Saturday, January 19, at the Fredonia Hotel.









Skywarn Training


Below is a list of already scheduled classes with location dates and times.  If you would like, I can schedule a class here in San Augustine. It is always fun and informative to have the Senior Meteorologists available to visit in person and ask questions in person. Let me know what you think. (You can always attend at one of the locations listed below).


Master Gardeners.  Education Hours. Let me know. I would like to have as many as possible to make it worth their time and effort.


Despite the current government shutdown, we are still scheduling SKYWARN classes for this spring. However, we cannot come out and teach the class if the shutdown is still ongoing. In these cases, we will email you one week before the class to touch base. A final "GO or NO GO" decision will be made 24 hours prior to a class. In the event the shutdown forces us to cancel, we will do our very best to reschedule your class as quickly as possible.


In the meantime, we still have plenty of dates open! We have only received five requests for classes, so far. You can view our listing of scheduled classes by clicking here. As a reminder, here are some details to keep in mind about the upcoming SKYWARN season.


Dates are available from January 14, 2019, through April 30, 2019. All scheduling requests must be sent to us by February 16, 2019. Each class usually lasts between two and three hours. When requesting a class, please include the following information:

A facility and room for us to teach the class (including the address).
Three dates/times that you would like us to come and teach. 
We have lots of meetings and events in the works for this spring.

Giving us multiple dates will provide us with plenty of options to check against our schedule to make sure we can visit you.

Attached is my 2017 letter giving more details on the class.








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 10th day of January 2019 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. Conduct interviews with applicants for the position of City Secretary 


2. Adjourn





Weather Update



Just one more day of the really nice stuff like we have had the last few days.


Tuesday will be sunny and warm with lots of sun to give us a high of 70 late day before the clouds move in ahead of a cold front.

Wednesday will be partly cloudy and windy with a high of 59 after a 43 start


Thursday will be mostly cloudy all day with a high of only 56 after a start of 39


Friday will start at 47 with a high of only 52 and afternoon showers. we could see some 1/2 inch of showers. nothing severe.

Saturday will kick off with a starting temp of 40 degrees, clouds with carryover shower or two and warming to only 54 as the sun presents itself after a cloudy start to the day.


Sunday will show us clouds to start again at 35 degrees but warming to 54 again with sunny skies all day long.

Monday will again be sunny and warming to 54 again with all the sunshine.


Tuesday still bright sun and a warm afternoon temp of 57 degrees.







Arrest made in Kidnapping








On December 26, 2018, at approximately 7:00 p.m., DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call that involved an altercation that was witnessed in the parking lot of a business east of Mansfield, La.  Upon arrival, deputies were able to locate an abandoned vehicle owned by a female employee who had not shown up for work that day.  Deputies obtained cell phone information of the female and working with the cellular provider were able to locate the victim at Natchitoches Central Jr. High School. 


It was later learned by detectives that the female had been taken against her will and was being held by an abductor, later identified as Brian Young (B/M - DOB - 09/05/1986) of Natchitoches, La, who was a coach at the school.  With assistance from Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office, Young was taken into custody by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office.  Young was later transferred to the DeSoto Parish Detention Center and booked for Kidnapping and Domestic Violence.  The investigation into the incident is still on-going.







Today's News 1-7-19






San Augustine Commissioners' Court Meeting


Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the San Augustine Commissioners Court will be held on Tuesday, the 8th day of January 2019 at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Court Room at 100 West Columbia, room 103 in San Augustine, Texas.

Click here for the agenda:








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 9th day of January, 2019 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 of the December 5, 2018, Special meeting, December 12, 2018, Regular meeting, December 19, 2018, Special meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court Regular meeting, December 19, 2018, Special meeting, December 26, 2018, Special meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.


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 a deed on a tract of land that was deeded to the County by Albert Burns Estate on November 2, 2011.  


7. Adjourn.





Center Lady Riders Basketball







Officer Andrew Williams Fundraiser Location Has Changed






The fundraiser scheduled for today Jan. 1, 2019, for Center Police officer Andrew Williams has been moved to the Center Fire Department located at 110 Patton St. due to the cold weather, also they have run out of BBQ Chicken and have fried chicken for sale. 












Blood Drive at Shelby County Sheriff's Office



There is a blood drive going on at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office today 1-4-19.  






Today's News 1-4-19







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 7th day of January 2019 at 5:00 pm. at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit:  


1. Discuss and review applications submitted for the position of City Secretary 


2. Discuss and set up date and time slots for potential interviews for the position of City Secretary


3. Discuss and set temporary position and title for Interim Secretary, Paula Mullins


4. Adjourn







Updated Property Tax Information


New and updated property tax information has just been compiled by Shelby County Appraisal District and is available now to assist taxpayers. This property tax information is current and covers a wide range of topics, such as taxpayer remedies, exemptions, appraisals and is of value to select groups, such as disabled veterans and persons who are 65 years of age or older.

“Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, disabled veteran or a taxpayer, it’s important you know your rights concerning the property tax laws.” said Robert Pigg, chief appraiser of Shelby County Appraisal District. “You can contact us about any property tax issues with full confidence that we will provide you the most complete, accurate and up-to-date available information to assist you.”

This includes information about the following programs:


Property Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans - The law provides partial
exemptions for any property owned by veterans who are disabled, surviving spouses
and surviving children of deceased disabled veterans. This includes homesteads
donated to disabled veterans by charitable organizations at no cost or not more than 50
percent of the good faith estimate of the homestead’s market value to the disabled
veterans and their surviving spouses. The exemption amount is determined according
to percentage of service-connected disability. The law also provides a 100 percent
homestead exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans and their surviving spouses
and for surviving spouses of U.S. armed service members killed in action.

Property Tax Exemptions - Non-profit organizations that meet statutory requirements
may seek property tax exemptions and must apply to the appraisal district by a specific
date. Businesses that receive tax abatements granted by taxing units; ship inventory out
of Texas that may be eligible for the freeport exemption; store certain goods in transit in
warehouses that are moved within 175 days; construct, install or acquire pollution control
property; own and operate energy storage systems; convert landfill-generated gas; or
store offshore drilling equipment while not in use may also be eligible for statutory

Rendering Taxable Property - If a business owns tangible personal property that is
used to produce income, the business must file a rendition with its local county appraisal
district by a specified date. Personal property includes inventory and equipment used by
a business. Owners do not have to render exempt property such as church property or
an agriculture producer’s equipment used for farming.

Appraisal Notices - A Notice of Appraised Value is mailed to each taxpayer in mid May.
This is the taxpayer’s opportunity to check for any discrepancies in their value, property
description, address, exemptions, etc.

Property Taxpayer Remedies - This Comptroller publication explains in detail how to
protest a property appraisal, what issues the county appraisal review board (ARB) can
consider and what to expect during a protest hearing. The publication also discusses
the option of taking a taxpayer’s case to district court, the State Office of Administrative
Hearings or binding arbitration if the taxpayer is dissatisfied with the outcome of the ARB

Homestead Exemptions - A homestead is generally defined as the home and land
used as the owner’s principle residence on January 1 of the tax year. A homestead 
exemption reduces the appraised value of the home and, as a result, lowers property
taxes. Applications are submitted to the appraisal district.

Productivity Appraisal - Property owners who use land for timberland production,
agricultural purposes or wildlife management can be granted property tax relief on their
land. They may apply to the appraisal district for an agricultural appraisal which may
result in a lower appraisal of the land based on how much the taxpayer produces, versus
what the land would sell for in the open market.

Residence Homestead Tax Deferral - Texas homeowners may postpone paying the
currently delinquent property taxes due on the appreciating value of their homes by filing
a tax deferral affidavit at the appraisal district. This tax relief allows homeowners to pay
the property taxes on 105 percent of the preceding year’s appraised value of their
homestead, plus the taxes on any new improvements to the homestead. The remaining
taxes are postponed, but not cancelled, with interest accruing at 8 percent per year.


Property Tax Deferral for Persons Age 65 or Older and Disabled Homeowners -
Texans who are 65 years of age or older, or who are disabled as defined by law, may
postpone paying current and delinquent property taxes on their homes by signing a tax
deferral affidavit. Once the affidavit is on file, taxes are deferred, but not cancelled, as
long as the owner continues to own and live in the home. Interest continues to accrue at
5 percent per year on the unpaid taxes. You may obtain a deferral affidavit at the
appraisal district.

Notice of Availability of Electronic Communication - Chief appraisers of a county
appraisal district and appraisal review boards may communicate electronically through
email or other media with property owners or their designated representatives. Written
agreements are required for notices and other documents to be delivered electronically
in place of mailing.

Protesting Property Appraisal Values – Property owners who disagree with the
appraisal district’s appraisal of their property for local taxes or for any other action that
adversely affects them may protest their property value to the appraisal district’s
appraisal review board.

For more information about these programs, contact the Shelby County Appraisal District at
(936) 598-6171. More information is also available from the state Comptroller’s Property Tax
Assistance Division website at




Pastor Stories - Matt Tyler






In this new video series, we take a look into the motivation of pastors and ministers and find out why they decided to teach the gospel; spread God's word. 






Wreck on HWY 59




SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one-vehicle crash on Jan. 2, 2019, on US 59, about one-half mile north of FM 2667.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 1 p.m., a 2014 Dodge pickup was traveling north on US 59 when the pickup drove off the roadway to the right and struck a tree.


The driver of the pickup is identified as 44-year-old Dale Gaura, from Bossier City, LA. Gaura and a nine-year-old passenger were transported to a Nacogdoches hospital for treatment. Two other passengers were not reportedly injured during the crash.


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





Today's News 1-3-19








Weather Update


Just for the folks North of IH 20 & not expected to accumulate even there.


I just received an email from the NWS and will gain more detail tomorrow during the Weather Briefing. Until then, here is the latest on our continuing rain and a teaser on the snow.


*A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through late Thursday night for portions of Louisiana and east Texas*  


- Weather Timing and Overview:
An upper level low pressure system will approach from the west on Thursday and cross the area Thursday night into Friday.  Widespread rainfall will be heavy at times and continue across the region tonight and through Thursday night, especially for areas in the Flash Flood Watch.  On Thursday night into Friday morning, a mix of rain, snow, and sleet will be possible along and north of the I-20 corridor as the upper low moves over the area.  

Four State Impacts:

Impacts:  Heavy rainfall may lead to flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas, as well as flooding of rivers, creeks, and streams.  No impacts anticipated from snow/ice at this time as surface temperatures should mostly be above freezing, we will be monitoring this closely over the next day.


Rainfall Accumulation: 3-5 inches possible in the watch area with isolated higher amounts.  1-3 inches possible elsewhere.  


Snow/Ice Accumulation: Little or no snow/ice accumulation along and north of I-20 Thursday night into early Friday morning.






Jury Cancellation 273rd District Court






Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results















Video Coverage:





The Shelby County Commissioners’ Court met on Jan. 2. 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse located at 200 San Augustine Street in Center, Texas and took the following actions:



1. They swore in Shelby County elected officials starting with the newly elected county commissioners and then proceeding to a group of other newly elected county officials.



Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison swears in Commissioners Jimmy Lout and Tom Bellmyer



County officials were sworn in


2. The court approved the bounds for the incoming elected officials.

3. The court paid and approved weekly expenses except for the payment on a piece of equipment that has yet to be received.

4. The court approved the current payroll.

5. No public comments were given on agenda items.

6. The discussed and adopted a resolution to designate authorized signators for the 2018 Texas CDBG program contract 7218440.

7. They discussed and approved mileage rate change reimbursement for county employees in accordance with IRS Standard Rates.

8. They discussed and tabled the action to disperse the capital credits for the Fiscal Year of 2018 because a check from the State of Texas has yet to arrive.

9. They discussed and approved replacing the paper towel dispensers in the public restrooms with wall mounted hand dryers at the courthouse.

10. They discussed and approved putting a wall mounted baby changing table on the ladies restroom on the 2nd floor of the active Shelby County courthouse.

11. They discussed and approved a designated room in the courthouse for nursing mothers.

12. They discussed and took action on reserve officer for Constable Pct. 3. The reserve officer was approved. 

13. Lastly, the court adjourned.




Boil Water Notice Lifted East Lamar Water Supply



The East Lamar Water Supply boil water notice has been lifted it is no longer necessary for customers to boil their water.






Today's News 1-2-19






Happy New Year 2019






Today's News 1-1-19







Flags to Full Staff



Flags that have been at half-staff for the past 30 days in honor of the passing of President Bush should now be raised.



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