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Center School Board Meeting



A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held on November 14, 2019, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.


Click here for the agenda:








Denning Rural WSC Boil Water Notice Lifted




The water on Denning Rural WSC no longer requires boiling.

On November 6, 2019, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Denning Rural Water Supply, #2030004, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.


Denning Rural Water Supply has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of November 8, 2019.


If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office:

220 West Columbia Street
San Augustine, Texas.



Charles Sharp  936-201-5001.


Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


If a customer, individual or employee wishes to contact the executive director, please call (512)239-4691. 




Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center Toy Drive



The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center is announcing the start of our annual Toy Drive. We are excited to have this chance to brighten the lives of children who have experienced abuse or trauma, but we know this is only possible through the generosity of our community. This year we will have tags for each child in need that will specify age and interests. You can pick up a tag at the Advocacy Center, 131 Tenaha Street, and then return your donation to us by December 9. If you would like more information about specific needs, please call us at 936-590-9864. Thank you for joining with us to share kindness and joy with these children.




Youth Essay Winners



Patriot's Pen winner (grades 6-8):  Shelby Freeman, Joaquin Jr. High School.


Voice of Democracy (grades 9-12):  Abigale Hooper, Joaquin High School
and Guadalupe Sandoval, Tenaha High School.


All will now compete at the District level for the right to represent
at the State Competition.




LaRock and Cooks to sign letters of intent to NTCC



Both Kalei LaRock and Jasmine Cooks will be signing letters of Intent to Northeast Texas Community College. 


The signing ceremony will take place in the CHS library at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2019.




Volleyball National Championship Bracket Released



Panola Fillies Volleyball will face the Polk State Eagles first round on November 21st at 3:00 PM in Hutchinson, Kansas.


The winners and consolation brackets are shown below.



Listed below is the link to live stream the National Tournament.


Go Fillies!




Canned Food Drive at Woodforest Bank




Going on at the Woodforest National Bank at the Center Walmart they are having a canned food drive to help support the Shelby County Outreach Ministries so stop by and donate to help a good cause.












Center Playoff Pep Rally Bonfire



The pep rally will be tonight 11-12-19 at 6 p.m. north of the stadium across from F.L. Moffett. The Riders will play Hampshire-Fannett in Woodville, Texas at 7:30 on Friday. Tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for students. 







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Today's News 11-11-19






Boil Water Notice For the Affected Area in Center Lifted



The boil water notice for the affected area of Center near the square has been lifted.




San Augustine Football



WOLVES BEGIN PLAYOFFS! Here's the scoop! We are the home team and will play Garrison on Friday (Nov 15) at Nacogdoches High School. Game time is 7 pm. Tickets are $4.00/$6.00. District passes and Senior Citizen passes are accepted! There will be a sendoff drive through downtown on Friday as the team bus leaves (stay tuned for the time TBA).
G O W O L V E S !




Center Football Schedule and Hosting Schedule



Roughrider Stadium: Friday's Game and Hosting Information for the week


THURSDAY, 11/14/19
Hosting New Diana vs Newton @ 7:30 pm 


FRIDAY, 11/15/19
Center vs Hampshire Phanet @ Woodville, TX @ 7:30 pm
Tickets will be: $7-Adults, $5- Students


The game will be covered live on KDET 930 AM. 


SATURDAY, 11/16/19
Hosting Elysian Fields vs Hemphill @ 6 pm


Joaquin and Shelbyville Bi-District Football Playoff Game



Joaquin Vs Shelbyville 

(Bi-District Playoff Game) 

Location: Henderson ISD

Date: Friday 

Time: 7:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $5

Passes: THSCA, District 11 & 12 2A, Senior Citizens, and Military


The game will be the area game of the week with Don Wall broadcasting and covered live on KQBB 100.5 FM.




Homicide investigation



On Saturday, November 9, 2019, at approximately 11 p.m., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding an individual lying on the side of the roadway on County Road 2020. Officers responded to the location and found a male subject deceased at the location. Investigators with the SCSO responded and along with deputies, processed the crime scene.


A short time later, positive identification was made; the victim was identified as Curtis A. Price II, 40 years of age. Family members were also notified and confirmed the victim’s identity from tattoos on his body. It appears to investigators that the victim was brought to the location and dumped.


At this time, this case is being worked as a homicide. If you have any information regarding this incident, you are urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936.598.5601. Callers may remain anonymous. No further information is available at this time.




Texas Department of Transportation Alert

TxDOT crews are treating with a brine mixture the overpasses and bridges in San Jacinto County today, including US 59 ahead of possible freezing weather. Motorists should be alert to equipment and workers near and in the lanes of traffic. Visit for road conditions throughout the state.


Center City Council Agendas

For 11-11-19 agenda click here.

For workshop agenda click here.


Library to Host Book Signing for Tommy Doggett

The Fannie Brown Booth Library will host a book signing for Mr. Tommy Doggett of Center on November 23rd, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. His book, BEFORE I GO: PERSONALITIES OF SHELBY COUNTY, has stories of persons from Shelby County and surrounding areas. Mr. Doggett will have copies of his book available for purchase.  If you are not able to make the book signing, we have copies of the book at the library.


Unrestrained Driver Killed in Bossier Parish Crash

Bossier Parish -On November 9, 2019, shortly after 8:30 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a fatal crash on Winnfield Road at Little League Road.  The crash took the life of a Princeton man. 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 1990 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 56-year-old Alton Ross, was traveling east on Winnfield Road.  For reasons still under investigation, Ross exited the roadway to the left where it impacted a culvert and began to overturn.  Ross, who was not restrained, was ejected from the vehicle and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.

A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation. 

In 2019, Troop G has investigated 21 fatal crashes resulting in 23 deaths.

Contact Information:

TPR Brent Hardy

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section

Office: (318) 741-7409



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 13th day of November, 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 October 2, 2019, Special Meeting, October 9, 2019, Regular Meeting, October 16, 2019, Special Meeting, October 23, 2019, Special meeting, and October 30, 2019, Special meeting of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.

2.    Approve and pay weekly expenses.

3.    Approve current Payroll

4.    Approve Officers Report.

5.    Public Comments on Agenda item.

6.    Canvas votes for the November 5th General Election.

7.    A representative from Martin Walker, PC to give an update on the Notice and Findings for the Opioid Litigation.

8.    Discuss and possibly take action on appointing an interim Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3.

9.    Discuss and possibly take action on establishing an office for the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3.

10.    Adjourn.




Blue Santa Program



The Center Police Department's Blue Santa program is getting ready to load the sleigh and needs your help. Blue Santa is asking for donations of new toys, books, or clothes for all ages of boys and girls. Monetary donations are also welcomed.  Mark your Calendars for Cookies & Cocoa with Santa for December the 8th 2-4 p.m. Enjoy all your favorite treats, and Free Pictures with Santa, and don’t forget to bring a new unwrapped Santa a toy to donate!


We will start handing out forms on November 1st. If you know of any child in Shelby County that may not have any Santa this Christmas, please fill out this form. One for each child and turn back into the Center Police Department Dispatch, or Shelby County Today. This form will need to be returned to the PD no later than Monday, December 9th, 2019. Any form turned in after the due date will NOT be accepted. This ensures us plenty of time to get all the toys we will need. Remember, all forms are anonymous. 


Forms or Monetary donations can also be mailed to OPERATION BLUE SANTA at P.O. Box 322 Center, Tx 75935. If you would like to donate new toys, clothing, hygiene items please bring them to the Center Police Dept. Boys and girls of all ages will be needed, infant to 15yrs old. The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank everyone for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program. With your donation and others like yours, we will be able to provide Christmas to many children in Shelby County. Again thank you, we can not do it without you! Let Blue Santa help You make a Childs Christmas blessed this year.


Thank You,
from the Operation Blue Santa Team! 






100th Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Banquet



The 100th Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held on 11-7-19 at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas. Chris Watlington served as the master of ceremonies for the evening.



Chris Watlington


Guitar Music was performed by Lefty, who took the stage and wowed the crowd.




The Teachers of the Year were presented by Mary Lynn Tinkle the Elementary was Beth Nichols, the Secondary was Brooke Harrison.


The Farm Family of the Year was presented by Lane Dunn Shelby County Texas A & M Agri-Life Extension Office Agent. The Farm Family of the Year was the Lawsons.


Dr. Clayton Paul Windham presented the young citizen of the year award to Clay Ihlo.



Clay Ihlo photo by Shelby Savings Bank


Dr. Jheri-Lynn McSwain presented the Distinguished Service Awad to Fannie Watson.



Fannie Watson - Left



For more photos click here:





Note From San Augustine ISD



The administration at San Augustine Independent School District investigated a potential threat to the high school on Thursday, November 7. After a thorough investigation, the threat was found not to be credible.“


The safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance, and we take these matters seriously. Anyone involved in making threats will face disciplinary action and additional consequences to the extent of the law.


Parents, please take a moment and talk to your children about the stiff consequences of making a threat (mandatory DAEP placement, removal from campus, possible arrest, and prosecution). SAISD will treat all threats, jokes, and other foolishness on this topic seriously.”




Shelby County Commissioners' Court Results



 They approved and paid weekly expenses.


They moved into an executive session.


 They reopened the public meeting.


They discussed changes to the personnel policy for the county.


The Historical Commission gave an update on the Grant.


 They recognized the fiscal year 2019 budgeted fund carryover for each road and bridge precinct.


They adjusted the Fiscal year 2020 budgeted fund carryover for each road and bridge precinct.


 They adjusted the Fiscal year 2020 Expense Budget line item for each road and bridge precinct.


They accepted Justice of the Peace Margie Anderson's resignation effective Jan 1, 2020, more will be discussed regarding who will take her place.


Lastly, they adjourned.





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