2019-02-19 15:51:00 by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Grill fest 2019 is scheduled for April 6th at the rodeo arena
Presented by farmers state bank
The Grill Fest sanctioned barbecue cook-off, presented by Farmers State Bank, will take place Saturday, April 6th at the Shelby County Expo Center/Rodeo Arena. The Gold Sponsor is Tyson Foods and the Entertainment is sponsored by Rapid Payday & Title Loans LLC.
“Over $6,500 will be awarded in prize money to registered cook teams. Cook teams may register and enter the contest with a $150 registration fee prior to March 23rd or $200 after that date,” according to the Grill Fest Committee. The barbecue cook-off is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society.
Prize money for the top 50% of the cook teams will be awarded in three categories – Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken and Brisket. Trophies will be awarded for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. Awards are sponsored by the City of Center.
In addition to the Chillin’ and Grillin’, there will be a Washer Pitching Tournament and 42 Tournament, sponsored by Mathews Real Estate and Shelby Savings Bank, and DJ Jesse will provide music. Additional fun activities will be offered for children and adults.
The public is invited to attend and sample tastings of barbecue at cook team stations as well as enjoy all the fun activities. Entry is free
Silver sponsors are Ace Hardware of East Texas, B & S A/C and Heating, Watson and Sons Funeral Home and 4C Electrical Services,
Registration forms and additional information is available at www.shelbycountychamber.com or at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office – 936-598-3682. Questions may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019-02-19 12:34:00 by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. Over the course of the past 100 years, the Chamber of Commerce has been exceedingly fortunate in having outstanding business and community volunteers give of their time, energy, resources and leadership.
In celebration of the Centennial, articles will be published saluting outstanding Chamber leaders.
The first Chamber Board President was H.B. (Butler) Johnson. On the night of August 27, 1919, Mr. Johnson invited 40 Center businessmen to meet at the Hurd Haley’s Cafe for a big supper in order to organize a Chamber of Commerce for Center. Mr. Johnson treated his guests to dinner (25 cents per plate) and was elected President that night. He served two terms from 1919 to 1922.
Some of the men present that night were Judge Jim Sanders, Neal Runnels, J.P. Wood, W.G. (Bill) Carnahan, Ed Nicholson, Oz Metz (third Chamber President), the Rev. A.C. Babcock, H.H. Jones, Sr., John C. Rogers and Bill Norris. A number of these men were appointed to the Board of Directors. Board meetings were held at Motley Department Store where Butler Johnson worked.
During Mr. Johnson’s time as Board President, two bonds were passed for water mains and road improvement into the downtown square. Mr. Johnson was largely responsible for the passing of the bonds. The first bond passed in 1921, in the amount of $25,000 to extend the water mains approximately two blocks off the square, down the main access streets.
Immediately following this project, a second bond was passed which was used for paving the streets around the square and to extend the pavement down the main streets leading into the square.
It was the task of the Chamber to get all the stores in Center to close in order for the male employees to work on the road projects. At that time, roads into town were “pretty bad” and not maintained. All males over the age of 21 years, were required to give five days a year working on the roads, or hire someone to take his place. The county had some equipment to use, but volunteer labor had to do the work.
Not only was Butler Johnson the first Chamber Board President, but he was also a strong church supporter and a member of the Rotary Club. Mr. Johnson joined the Center Rotary Club in 1932 and had a perfect attendance record for 29 years until health issues prevented him from attending meetings. Butler Johnson was married to Velma Sanders. They had two daughters.
It is men like Butler Johnson who had vision and made a commitment to use their time, talents and resources to help make the community a better place to live and work.
Thank you to Buster Bounds for the interview he had with Butler Johnson in 1976 Thank you to The Champion for publishing the interview. Information for this article came from the published interview on April 14, 1976.
The Lady Dragon Powerlifting team took second place at the Huntington Powerlifting Meet on February 14. Diana Valencia, 2nd place in the 97 lb class, Laika Sanders won 2nd place in the 105 lb class, Jaiden Rose was 1st place in the 123 class, Claudia Vasquez placed 5th in the 165 class, Keyasmine Johnson placed 2nd in the 220 class, and Jada Moore won second in the 259 lb class. Diana, Jaiden, and Jada all secured a spot in the Regional Meet in Fairfield on March 2.
The boys had two medalist at the Meet. Sophmore Caleb Ridgeway took silver in the 165 lb weight class with a 950 total, and Freshman Eli Taylor won gold in the 242 lb weight division with a total of 1155 lbs. Sophmore's Dawson Windham and Hagen Crumpton had a strong showings as well as Freshmen Dawson Jackson and Trey Cartwright.
On Feb. 19, 2019, a one-vehicle wreck occurred on HWY 96 between Tenaha and Center, Texas about 2 miles outside of Tenaha.
At approximately 10:05 a.m. a white 2009 GMC Acadia SUV driven by 19-year-old Abigal Mendez was head north on HWY 96 when the vehicle hydroplaned, slid off the road and went through a fence. Mendez was not injured during the crash according to a DPS trooper.
The Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department, Tenaha Police Department, DPS Troopers, and Joey Ross Towing all responded to the scene.
Tenaha Vol. Fire Dept.
The vehicle was pulled out of the ditch by Joey Ross Towing and was still in working condition. Mendez was issued, a ticket for unsafe speed.
LUFKIN, TEXAS, FEB. 18, 2019 – Angelina College Fire Academy Assistant Coordinator, Steven Arreguin, recently received the Texas Association of Fire Educators (TAFE) 2019 George Hughes Fire Instructor of the Year Award. This award recognizes instructors who have demonstrated or exemplified TAFE goals, objectives and ethics; who have demonstrated the ability to plan, develop and deliver training and education that changes behaviors; who have been deemed as outstanding in their field through a variety of activities; and who have participated in innovative programs, technology or equipment for the fire service.
Arreguin is a graduate of the Angelina College Fire Academy and began his career in the fire service with Nacogdoches Fire & Rescue as a firefighter. He was quickly promoted to driver and then to Captain/Step-Up Battalion Chief. He serves as Station Captain for the Station #5.
Arreguin also serves as the communications officer and is responsible for programming, installing, and maintaining all mobile and handheld devices for fire apparatus and county units when requested. He provides training and serves on the communications committee, which consists of Nacogdoches Police Department, County Volunteer Fire Department, County Emergency Management staff, and dispatch.
As AC Fire Academy Assistant Coordinator, Arreguin coordinates all instructor scheduling, resolves instructor and student issues, instructs various courses in the academy, and serves as the lead instructor for live fire training. He also coordinates the Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I courses.
Arreguin spends many hours training the Emergency Service District #2 (ESD #2) volunteer firefighters. ESD #2 consist of four volunteer fire departments. Cushing Volunteer Fire Department responds to medical assist calls and fires in ESD #2 until the arrival of city units. For four years Arreguin served as the ESD #2 board president and was in charge of department contracts and distribution of funds to each department.
According to Chuck French, AC Fire Academy Coordinator, Arreguin is an outstanding fire instructor. “Each of his training session is conducted with safety being of utmost importance, with crew integrity in mind, and shaping the minds of individuals seeking the firefighter profession, or firefighters bettering themselves for promotion or serving as a fire officer,” French said.
For more information about the Fire Academy at Angelina College, call (936) 633-5206.
CUTLINE INFORMATION: From left: TAFE Treasurer, Rick Trevino, Corpus Christi Fire Department; TAFE Director, Steve Keller, Tarrant County College; TAFE Secretary, Mike Free, Port Arthur Fire Department; TAFE Vice President, Jason Jackson, Pearland Fire Department; George Hughes Fire Instructor of the Year Award Recipient Steven Arreguin, Angelina College Fire Academy and Nacogdoches Fire & Rescue; TAFE President, Chuck French, Angelina College Fire Academy and Nacogdoches Fire & Rescue; TAFE Director, Michael Simmons, Kilgore College Fire Academy; TAFE Director, Greg Obert, College of the Mainland and Houston Fire Department
2019-02-19 05:36:00 by Tracy Broadway edited by Justin Mott
Timpson Lady Bears beat the Tenaha Lady Tigers, 41-28 in the region quarterfinal. Timpson advances to region final in Bryan to play Marlin, at 8 p.m. Friday at Bryan High School, it is the Region 3 semi-final.
Notice is hereby given of a drawing to determine the order in which the names of candidates are to be printed on the ballot for the election to be held on May 4, 2019 in Joaquin, Texas. The drawing will be held at 10 a.m. on, February 21, 2019 at Joaquin City Hall, 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
AVISO DEL SORTEO PARA UN LUGAR EN LA BOLETA
Por lo presente se da aviso que habrá un sorteo para determinar la orden en que aparecerán los nombres de los candidatos en la boleta para la elección que se celebrará el 5 de Mayo, 20 18 en Joaquin , Texas. El sorteo tendrá lugar a las 10a.m. el 26, Febrero, 2018 a Joaquin City Hall, 124 N. Preston , Joaquin, Texas.
SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a report of a three vehicle crash this afternoon at the intersection of US 96 and Loop 500.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 2:15 p.m., a 2016 Ford pickup failed to yield right of way turning left from Loop 500 onto US 96 North and was struck by a 1999 Ford pickup. Debris from the crash then struck a 2017 GMC SUV that was traveling south on US 96.
The driver of the 2016 Ford pickup is identified as 22-year-old Eric Gonzalez from Center. Gonzalez and a passenger went to a Center hospital by private vehicle for medical evaluation.
The driver of the 1999 Ford is identified as 51-year-old David Reed from Teneha. Reed was also transported to a Center hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of the GMC is identified as 63-year-old Ann Mayfield from Many, Louisiana. Mayfield was not reportedly injured during the crash.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
Coverage Below by Justin Mott
At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2019, the Center Fire Department responded to a 3 vehicle wreck on 96 North and Loop 500 outside of Center, Texas.
The DPS along with Allegiance Mobile Health formerly ACE EMS also responded on the scene. We will have more details as it is officially released by the DPS if you are traveling that way expect a possible delay.
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday February 19, 2019
6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary- Administrative updates.
b. Utility Billing Manager Report -- Monthly Receipts & Adjustments Report.
c. Public Works Manager-Update – Departmental Updates
d. Water Department-Update—Ongoing Water Projects
6. Council approval on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion on appropriating hotel tax money for repairs needed on the old city office (130 Steve Hughes Drive).
8. Discussion & Possible Council action on trash trailers being parked inside city limits over night.
9. Discussion & Council action on possible automatic water meter project.
10. Discussion on entering into a contract to provide local trash service for residential and possibly commercial services for citywide sanitation services.
11. Discussion & Council action on possible Recycle Trailer for citizen use.
12. Discussion & Council action on uniforms for Public Works Workers.
13. Discussion & Council action on Town of Logansport Water Contract renewal.
14. Discussion & Council action on approval for Joaquin Public Safety Development Corporation bid award for JVFD Hwy 7 Construction Project.
15. Discussion & Council action on appointment of 2 (two) twelve hour early voting days April 29 & 30, 2019 (Sec. 85.005(d).
16. Discussion & Council action on selection of an engineering firm for the 2019-2020 TxCDBG program.
17. Discussion & Council action to adopt a resolution authorizing a grant application to be submitted to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the 2019-2020 TxCDBG program.
18. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a. Public Work Employee -90-day performance evaluation.
b. City Secretary- Yearly performance evaluation.
19. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
The Spanish-American War lasted a little less than four months, April 21st – August 13th, 1898 and ended Spain’s worldwide empire. It ended with America easily defeating Spain and signaled the United States emergence as a world power. The blowing up of the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor on February 15th, 1898 with the loss of 266 crewmen and marines in essence was the start of the war.
The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898 which established the independence of Cuba gave Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States and allowed the US to purchase the Philippines Islands from Spain for $20 million. The brief war cost the United States $250 million and 3,000 lives of which 90% perished from yellow and typhoid fever and other infectious diseases.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars traces its roots back to these veterans who founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. These formed organizations would become what is now known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
In observance of the sacrifices made by the Veterans of the Spanish American War and those who died aboard the USS Maine, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Auxiliary will conduct a wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. As always the public is invited. Call Larry Hume, 598-2976 for more information.
The Basketball Playoff Preview Tournament is this weekend! Games begin Friday at 1pm (see schedule below). There will be Famous Fried Fish baskets and Shrimp baskets sold through the concession stand for $7.00 and drink for $2.00 beginning at 5pm.
2019-02-15 06:38:00 by Information from the Local Schools and UIL edited by Justin Mott
The Tenaha Lady Tigers have now advanced to the 3rd round of the State Basketball playoffs for the 6th straight season! Head Coach Garry Davison and the Lady Tigers are Area Champions after a slugfest in Cushing over Broaddus 26-22.
The mark of a good team is what you do when it’s not your best night well the Lady Tigers dug deep down and gutted out a Championship.
Next up : The Region 3 Quarterfinals against either Timpson or Hull-Daisetta
Shelbyville Lady Dragons Lost to Hull-Daisetta 57-62.
The Timpson Lady Bears will play Evadale tonight 2-15--19 in Pineland at 6:30 p.m.
The Shelby County Outreach Ministries held their raffle drawing for the 10x16 steel building on Feb. 14, 2019, at the Senior Nutrition Site in Center, Texas. The winner of the drawing was Mr. James Blue.
2019-02-14 10:26:00 by Press release edited by Justin Mott
Yesterday morning Feb. 13, 2019, a tragic event occurred in Nacogdoches County claiming the lives of two people and leaving a 14-year-old child in critical condition. As reported yesterday, first responders responded to a residential fire on Andy Lane shortly after 6:00 am. The fire claimed the life of two Nacogdoches Women.
The victims have been identified as Cecilia Watkins 58 years of age and Mary Bates 61 years of age from Nacogdoches, Texas. An autopsy was ordered by Justice of the peace Kerry Don Williamson for both victims.
A 14-year-old child also suffered severe injuries from the house fire and was revived at the scene by emergency personnel. She was later airlifted to a Dallas Hospital where she remains in critical condition.
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire. The investigation is ongoing.
Shelbyville ISD recently purchased their expanding ag science program a Ford F-250 from Raymond Motor Company. This truck will be used to haul kids (and animals) to livestock shows, contests, mechanics shows, and much more. We are so thankful for Raymond Motor Company for giving us such an incredible deal and helping our program grow! Thank you to Dr. West, Mr. Osby and the Shelbyville ISD school board for making this all come together and happen!!
The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met on the morning of Feb. 13, 2019, at the active Shelby County Courthouse located at 200 San Augustine Street in Center, Texas and after the opening prayer and pledges they took the following actions:
1. The approved the minutes of the previous meetings.
2. They approved the weekly expenses with the exception of $171.68 for Constable Metcalf that was determined should be paid out of his personal expenses.
3. They approved the officer's report given by Shelby County Treasure Ann Blackwell.
4. No public comments were given on the agenda items.
5. Bob Chavis Project Manager along with Jan Nash both with Tyson Foods gave a presentation to the Court regarding a Mill that they intend to build in Shelby County. No action was taken they were just informing the Court of Tyson's plans. The mill is expected to be completed in 2020.
Jan Nash & Bob Chavis with Tyson Foods
6. They discussed and approved the resolution of the annual review of the County Investment Policy.
7. They discussed and approved the resolution to designate the County investment officer and chose the County Treasurer Ann Blackwell for the position.
8. They discussed and approved the addition of TEXPOOL PRIME to the existing TexPool account.
2019-02-13 11:51:00 by Texas A&M Agri-Life Ext
Plans for the 2019 Annual Shelby County Livestock Show are set. The show will be held on Thursday, February 28th at the Shelby County Expo Center. The sale will be held Saturday, March 2nd, at the John Dean Windham Civic Center, meal starting at 6:00PM.
Weigh in of the market animals will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 9:00 a.m. The show will start at 10:00 a.m. with Rabbits and the Lambs, the Goats, Swine and Cattle will follow. The Rabbits will be judged by Hank Darden. Texas A&M Livestock Judging Coach Keaton Dodd will judge lambs, goats, swine and cattle. Bret Gaylord, Show Emcee, stated, “I am excited about this year’s show with all the hard work and dedication that the exhibitors have put towards their animal projects. There are over 90 entries at this show which are trying to be selected for the auction and premium awards.”
Last year’s sale Champion steer was purchased by Hawkeye Hunting Club. XTO won the bid for the Champion Swine. Chris Paddie purchased the Champion goat, and Deep East Texas Electric Co-op bought the Champion lamb.
The Bar-B-Que for the buyer’s and exhibitors will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by the auction at 7:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center. “If you have a chance, come and see what the youth of Shelby County have been doing with their time. The Shelby County Livestock show continues to grow each year which in part is due to the continued support of our youth by local businesses and the community.” Stated Lane Dunn, County Extension Agent. The public is invited to attend the events of the day and support the youth of our county.
2019-02-13 11:48:00 by Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office Press Release
A house fire has claimed the life of two Nacogdoches women and has left a 14 year old child in critical condition. Shortly after 6 am this morning, first responders were dispatched to a house fire on Andy Lane. Upon arrival deputies observed the front portion of the mobile home was on fire. Fire departments soon arrived on scene and breached open a door on the side of the residence.
Firefighters and Deputies pulled three people from the residence that was found inside of a room.
All first responders and Deputies started conducting lifesaving measures on the victims found inside. One victim was pronounced deceased at the scene and the other victim was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. Due to the efforts of emergency personnel on scene, a 14 year old child was revived and transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. The child was later airlifted to a burn center hospital in the Dallas area. She is listed in critical condition.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. It appears that the fire started on the front porch of the residence. Investigators have been made aware that there were heat lamps on the front porch for animals. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
The identity of the victims will be released at a later time. This investigation is ongoing.
The Holiday Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Center, Texas held their grand re-opening ceremony yesterday 2-13-19 where they invited the public out. The local VFW Post 8904 changed out their flag, and the new ownership showed the public the wall honoring our veterans. Center Broadcasting Company met with the new owner.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2019 – Panola County Processing, LLC, a Carthage, Texas establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 59 pounds of smoked sausage products due to a processing deviation that may have led to underprocessing of products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The pork smoked sausage links and venison and pork sausage links items were produced on Jan. 29, 2019. The following products are subject to recall:
1.3-lb. vacuum-packed packages containing four pieces of “PANOLA COUNTY PROCESSING, LLC Pork Smoked Sausage PC” with packaging dates of Jan. 30, 2019 and Jan. 31, 2019.
1.3-lb. vacuum-packed packages containing four pieces of “PANOLA COUNTY PROCESSING, LLC Pork Hot Smoked Sausage PC” with packaging date of Jan. 31, 2019.
1.3-lb. vacuum-packed packages containing four pieces of “PANOLA COUNTY PROCESSING, LLC Venison & Pork Smoked Sausage PC” with packaging date of Jan. 31, 2019.
1.3-lb. vacuum-packed packages containing four pieces of “PANOLA COUNTY PROCESSING, LLC Venison & Pork Hot Smoked Sausage PC” with packaging date of Jan. 30, 2019.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 48219” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were distributed to a retail location in Texas.
The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel while performing verification activities at the establishment on Feb.8, 2019.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers or refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Jeff Davidson, owner of Panola County Processing, LLC, at 903-690-0430.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 13th day of February, 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 January 2, 2019 Special meeting, January 9, 2019 Regular meeting, January 16, 2019 Special meeting, January 23, 2019 Special meeting, January 30, 2019 Special meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
2.Approve and pay weekly expenses.
3.Approve Officers Report.
4.Public comments on Agenda item.
5.Presentation by Tyson representatives regarding a possible project in Shelby County.
6.Discuss and possibly approve Resolution of Annual Review of County Investment Policy.
7.Discuss and possibly approve Resolution to Designate County Investment Officer.
8.Discuss and possibly approve the addition of TEXPOOL PRIME to existing TexPool account.
The Riders' district games in Center tonight will be broadcast by the Roughrider Radio Team on KQBB 100.5 fm.
The broadcast starts at 7:00 with the Courtside Pregame Show. Special guests include senior Dylan Whittlesey and assistant Girls' Coach Stephen Hennigan. Then cheerleader Esther Mergerson is the special guest during the Abundant Love Ministries Halftime Show. The Varsity Boys need a win tonight to keep pace in the district race.
--It starts at 7:00 on 100.5 fm or...
--Tune in on your desktop or laptop at cbc-radio.com. Or...
--Find us on your phones with the Tune In app. Download the app and enter KQBB.
We have had .05 inches of light, misty rain at 12.01 AM this morning.
A wind gust of 22 miles per hour at 1:39 am from the NNE.
The wind is averaging 5 miles per hour with gusts to 15 mph.
Our coldest temperature this morning occurred at 6:38 am this morning at 28.8 degrees.
Tomorrow morning should be a duplicate of today except with the rain variable possibly turning to light winter mix as stated above.
Rain will develop by late this afternoon across Central and East Texas. As temperatures fall after sunset, the rain will likely transition into a light wintry mix of rain, sleet, and snow as it spreads northeast into Northeast Texas and portions of Southern Arkansas and Northern Louisiana. The precipitation should end around sunrise Saturday morning. Temperatures will warm back into the 40's during the day Saturday, so any accumulations that occur will melt.
Four State Impacts:
Expected Accumulations: Most locations will only see trace accumulations of snow/sleet, mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces. However, a few locations could experience accumulations up to one tenth of an inch.
Impacts: A few slick spots will be possible on elevated roads, such as bridges and overpasses, especially where the higher accumulations occur.
On February 7, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court of Shelby County, Honorable James A. Payne Jr. presiding, twenty-eight (28) felony cases were set on the docket for arraignment, status hearings, and other pretrial purposes. Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires finalized and resolved seven cases. A number of defendants did not show up for their arraignment at Court. They were: Brittney Benson, Dakota Howard, Samantha Hamilton, and Casey McKinney. As a result, warrants for their arrest have been issued. The cases that aren’t disposed by plea bargain are set on the May-June trial docket.
Blane Agnew and Co. from the CHS UIL Film Team advanced to the semifinals for the second year. He is now competing against 18 other schools in the division 1 narrative category. Top 6 advance to state from the semifinals.
In addition, Blane's film will be screened at the Cole Art Center (329 East Main St.) in downtown Nacogdoches on Saturday, February 23rd. This will be the second year his film was chosen to be screened by the Nacogdoches Film Festival. Best wishes to Blane and his crew.
Red River Parish – Around 2:00 a.m. this morning, Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a single vehicle 18-wheeler crash on a private road off US 71 just north of LA 514 that claimed the life of a Bossier City man.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2009 Freightliner 18-wheeler driven by 43-year-old Antorian Devol Johnson was traveling west on a private oil field road. The vehicle stalled while driving on an uphill grade and began to roll back downhill. The brakes were engaged but the vehicle slide off the road into a ravine and rolled over. Johnson was wearing a seat belt but sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was pronounced dead on scene by the Red River Parish Coroner’s office.
Impairment is not a suspected factor in this crash though toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis.
This crash remains under investigation.
In 2019, Troop G has investigated three fatal crashes resulting in three deaths.
It has come to our attention that many of the City of Center utility bills mailed out on January 31, 2019, have been delayed in getting to the customers from the US Postal Service. If anyone has any questions regarding their bill, please contact City Hall at 936-598-2941.
Denning Animal Rescue believes that everyone can make a difference in the lives of companion animals by spaying and neutering their own pets and treating all living creatures with compassion and kindness. They encourage communities to work together to make their neighborhoods animal-friendly. Creating animal-friendly neighborhoods enhances the quality of life for people and animals.
On February 6, 2019, the Grand Jury for the 273rd Judicial District Court met for its February session. Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires presented 41 cases to the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned 38 “true bill” of indictments and retuned 3 “no bills” of indictment.
HB 1000 enables Texas small businesses in rural areas and opportunity zones to expand, create jobs and revitalize communities, through access to affordable capital
AUSTIN—Today, Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) introduced the Texas Rural and Opportunity Zone Jobs Act (HB 1000) to ensure small business growth, job creation and local economic development in some of Texas’ hardest-hit rural and opportunity zone communities. “While Texas has long been known as the job creation capital of America, our small businesses – particularly those in rural and distressed communities – are finding it difficult to secure the capital needed to grow and create good jobs,” said Paddie. “The Texas Rural and Opportunity Zone Jobs Act encourages job creation and local economic development, by facilitating access to private sector capital for small businesses in Texas, as well as those looking to relocate, so that all Texans can succeed.”
Through the program, rural and opportunity zone growth funds would work closely with private investors and local community banks to help businesses buy equipment, upgrade facilities or make other improvements needed to expand, grow jobs and strengthen the local economy.
The bill will be carried in the Senate by Kelly Hancock, Chairman of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee.
“This program is a fair, responsible and sustainable way to strengthen businesses and communities across Texas that need a lift – particularly in our rural areas - while boosting our state’s economic competitiveness and growth,” said State Senator Kelly Hancock. “At the same time, it encourages the innovators, business owners and hard-working people of our great state to drive our economy and create new jobs. The legislation also provides transparency, safeguards and a free market, private sector focus to protect taxpayers and ensure a strong return on investment.”
About the Texas Rural and Opportunity Zone Jobs Act
• Prioritizes the creation and retention of quality jobs in important growth industries and
rural communities, further driving the Texas economy forward
• Empowers private sector investment, ensuring a pro-growth, independent program to
create high quality jobs and benefit small businesses
• Encourages workforce development and on-the-job training, helping businesses compete
in a tight labor market
• Contains important safeguards to protect the state and its taxpayers, including an
independent economic impact analysis that demonstrates a positive return on investment,
along with job creation requirements and profit-sharing
The Texas Rural and Opportunity Zone Jobs Act would ensure that every Texan has opportunity for economic advancement and upward mobility, while diversifying and growing the state’s economy.
“The Texas Rural and Opportunity Zone Jobs Act program is welcomed by TEDC members who work tirelessly every day to create jobs in their local communities,” said Carlton Schwab, President and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Council. “It’s clear that our rural economic development officials need tools and capital to help existing companies expand facilities and create new jobs. As an organization we fully support helping businesses obtain the financing they need to grow, provide good jobs and revitalize our communities and economies.”
On February 5, 2019, in the 123rd Judicial District Court, the Honorable LeAnn Rafferty presiding, 48 cases were called for status hearings, arraignments, and other various purposes. Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was able to resolve and finalize 19 cases.
A number of the remaining cases will be brought back this Friday for potential completion. These cases are all set on the April trial docket. Several defendants were not present, and an order was signed by Judge Rafferty for the issuance of an arrest warrant for those individuals.
Those people included Tristen Durden, Tony Josh Parker, Amber Gryder, George Henry, and Jermaine Preston. If those persons report to Court this Friday, February 8, 2019, at 9 a.m., the Court will recall their warrant.
If you are reading this, and your name is mentioned, contact your attorney and be in Court this Friday. Next up, the District Attorney will be in the 273rd District Court, the Honorable Judge James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, on Thursday, February 7, 2019, for a docket of cases set for arraignment.
The Center City Council held a meeting on Jan. 28, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the Center City Hall and approved the minutes of the Jan. 14, 2019 meeting.
They also discussed and took action to adopted revisions and amendments to the City of Center Drought Contingency and Water Conservation Plan.
They also adopted a curfew for minors, the curfew will be 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday through Saturday. According to the City of Center, this is just a renewal of the curfew that had already been passed.
TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced today that seven individuals have been arrested and indicted as the result of a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking activities in the Eastern District of Texas.
Beginning in 2017, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement began a multi-agency investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine in and around Upshur County, Texas. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement agencies conducted numerous audio- and video-recorded controlled purchases of methamphetamine from suspects. Furthermore, law enforcement officers and agents executed search and arrest warrants, seizing additional quantities of methamphetamine and firearms.
This operation resulted in the arrests of Roger Dale Hall, 53; Denise Michelle Taylor, 35; Christopher Dewayne Bunn, 43; Shaun Dale Weeks, 43; Jessie Darwin Ezell, 37; Darrell Lynn Gage, Jr., 41; and Kenny Okeith Harris, 32, all of Gilmer, Texas.
The defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 13, 2018, and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In addition, Weeks, Bunn, and Harris are charged with firearms offenses including felon in possession of a firearm and use, carrying, and possession of a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Hall, Taylor, Bunn, Weeks, Ezell, and Gage each have prior federal or state felony convictions relating to the possession and distribution of controlled substances. The defendants have appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy Payne. The indictment remained sealed by the court until Feb. 4, 2019, and after the final defendant, Roger Dale Hall, was arrested.
If convicted, the defendants could each face from five to 40 years in federal prison.
“These arrests have made a big impact on the supply of methamphetamine in this part of East Texas,” said U.S. Attorney Joe Brown. “The defendants were moving large amounts of drugs, and staying in the more rural areas to avoid detection. Credit really goes to the cooperation of several local, state, and federal agencies which worked together to take these people off the street.”
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, the Upshur County District Attorney’s Office, the Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement (CODE) Unit, and the Gilmer Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucas Machicek.
An indictment or arrest is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The district contest for 22AA cross-examination debate was held Saturday, February 2, 2019, in Shelbyville High School. Emily Brixey and Naomi Caporali placed first, and Elijah Taylor and Dawson Jackson placed second. Emily Brixey was also recognized as the top speaker. Both teams will compete at the state meet held at the University of Texas in Austin on March 18-19. We are Dragon Proud!
AUSTIN- Continuing its culture of learning, the Railroad Commission of Texas today launches its first-ever new inspector training school - "Boots on the Ground." This training will focus on new oil and gas inspectors with less than two years tenure at the RRC. The school will ensure inspectors have a clear understanding of the agency's inspection process, oil and gas rules and necessary technical knowledge to provide consistent enforcement across Texas.
"Protection of public safety and our environment is the Commission's highest priority, and our oil and gas inspectors are on the frontline 24/7 across Texas carrying out this mission" said RRC's Executive Director Wei Wang. "We are taking many steps to invest in our employees. Boots on the Ground establishes a core curriculum statewide to ensure consistent and accurate application of our rules among all district offices."
RRC's first scheduled week-long training school starts today, Feb. 4, in the Commission's Kilgore District Office. RRC Project Manager and former Kilgore Oil and Gas District Assistant Director Dana McClendon will lead the training classes statewide. Other seminars are scheduled for April and June for inspectors serving RRC's West and South regions.
The Commission has 158 authorized oil and gas inspector positions. Currently 75 inspectors have less than two years' experience at the RRC and will be required to attend "Boots on the Ground" training. Curriculum includes a review of the Commission's oil and gas rules and in-the-field mock exercises for inspections and responding to spills and complaints.
RRC's first "Boots on the Ground" training class for oil and gas inspectors with less than two years at the agency, at our Kilgore District office.
Panola found themselves in a hole that they could not dig out of Saturday afternoon, falling at Tyler 84-62. Tyler came out blistering hot and were leading 44-31 at half. Panola would never cut the lead in the second and ended up falling 84-62. The Ponies were led by Tylan Dean, who had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Tariq Simmons also finished in double digits adding 12 points.
With the loss, Panola drops to 18-5 (8-3 Region XIV) and is now in a three-way tie for first in Region XIV along with Tyler and Navarro. The Ponies will be back in action for a marquee home matchup vs Navarro this Wednesday. Tip is at 7:30 pm.
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 6th day of February, 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.Approve and pay current payroll.
3.Public comments on Agenda item.
4.Discuss and possibly approve Commissioner Pct. 1 and Commissioner Pct. 2 to split the purchase of a Paving Machine from KNL Dirt Work for $38,000 dollars to be delivered to Center.
5.Discuss and possibly approve the District Attorney’s office to purchase a new vehicle.
6.Discuss and possibly approve the appointment of Ann Blackwell to the Tri-County Community Action Board of Directors to represent Shelby County.
7.Discuss and possible seek bids on building a fence to enclose the Sheriff’s office and jail property.
The Riders' district games in Center tonight will be broadcast by the Roughrider Radio Team on KQBB 100.5 fm. The broadcast starts at a slightly earlier time: 6:45 pm. The second half of the Varsity Girls will be covered from 6:45 until the end of the game. The girls are fighting hard for a playoff spot with all of their games--wins and losses alike-seemingly coming down to the last few shots!
After the girls game, special guests senior Raman Randhawa and Coach Peters will join us for the Courtside Pre-game Show, while cheerleader Esther Mergerson is the special guest during the Abundant Love Ministries Halftime Show. The Varsity Boys need a win tonight to keep pace in the district race.
--It starts at 6:45 on 100.5 fm or...
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The physiatric report for 21-year-old Alexander Nathan Barter was received by the court on Jan. 29, 2019. Barter was arrested on child exploitation charges. There has not been a trial date set as of yet to determine his mental competency. This is according to the United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Texas.
Many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. We want you to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether a contact you may have received is truly from an IRS employee.
The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.
However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.
Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters (called “notices”) from the IRS in the mail.
2019-02-01 08:44:00 by TxDOT press release edited by Justin Mott
LUFKIN – Work schedules for the Lufkin District are full and crews will be working if weather permits next week.
“Weather is always a big part of whether we can fulfill our plans to work on our maintenance and construction projects,” said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District public information officer. “So we hope for the best and plan to be at our work sites throughout the week.”
Motorists should stay alert and use caution as they travel through or near a TxDOT work zone. Reduce speed and prepare for delays. Expect workers and moving equipment near the lane of traffic. For more information regarding statewide closures and conditions, visit drivetexas.org.
Work schedules for the week of Feb. 4-8 include:
US 69 South: Work will continue from FM 844 to FM 1270 as crews install drainage structures and excavate and place embankment for future northbound lanes. Drill shafts and columns are also being constructed at the site of the future overpass at SH 63. This project is designed to widen the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided highway. Motorists should stay alert for flaggers and expect intermittent delays in some areas.
US 59: Crews are scheduled to begin the overlay at crossovers, driveways and intersections on this project designed to resurface the roadway from Whitehouse Drive to FM 2497 near Diboll. Motorists should expect delays and daily lane closures.
SH 94: Crews are scheduled to cut high edges in various locations on Monday.
SH 103 West: Crews plan to clean ditches in various locations Monday through Wednesday.
SH 103 East: Work is planned to clean ditches in various locations on Wednesday.
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 706: Work is planned to cut high edges in various locations.
FM 2021: Base repairs are scheduled in various locations.
FM 1669: Base repair is scheduled at Odell Creek.
FM 325/Lufkin Avenue: Crews are scheduled to continue concrete work between the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office and work west toward Timberland Drive on this project designed to install sidewalks and intersection ramps to near Timberland Drive.
Various locations: Work is scheduled to patch potholes, sweep roadways and repair signs.
US 259: Crews are scheduled to place a new service pole at the entry ramp of US 59 on this project to upgrade the and install new lighting at the ramp. The ramp will be closed as crews complete this work.
SH 21: Crews continue to work to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to the San Augustine County line and in Sabine County from the San Augustine County line to FM 3448. Motorists should expect possible intermittent lane closures.
FM 226: Crews continue to work to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 21 to the end of pavement.
FM 1638: Crews will continue to monitor vegetative establishment and place mailboxes and signs on this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards, safety treat fixed objects and provide additional pavement width from FM 698 to US 59/SL 224.
FM 2609: Crews continue to relocate utilities at this project to widen the roadway from Raguet Street to North Street (BU 59).
SH 87: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment in this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to SH 147.
CR 4789: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment at the bridge replacement projects at the tributary of Blackwater Creek and at Risinger Creek on CR 4620.
Various locations: Work is scheduled to clean ditches and culverts, repair potholes and repair signs.
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SH 21: Crews continue to work as weather allows on the bridge replacement at the Attoyac River Bridge. Possible lane closures should be expected.
SH 21: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment at Venado Creek, Perkins Creek and Niciper Creek where new bridges and approaches have been constructed.
SH 103: Base repairs are scheduled from FM 1277 to FM 1992. Expect intermittent lane closures.
FM 1196: Work is scheduled to repair road base from SH 21 to FM 1277.
FM 83: Vegetative establishment is being monitored on this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from the San Augustine County line to FM 1.
Various locations: Crews are working to repair bridges on FM 276 at Patroon Creek, FM 1592 at Tabo Creek Relief, FM 705 at Turkey Creek Bridge and FM 2871 just south of FM 83. Possible lane closures.
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 are scheduled to repair washouts and pavement edges.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.