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Steel Building Supply makes Donation to SCSO

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our thanks to Steel Building Supply. Steel Building Supply recently made a monetary donation to the office that will be used to further provide training for our employees.

“We are so thankful for this donation,” stated Sheriff Kevin W. Windham. “We are budgeted $3,000 dollars per year for training for our entire department. We have roughly 40 employees that need training every year. This equals out to $75 dollars per person per year. Often we have an employee that needs to attend multiple of types of training throughout the year. We cannot even send one person to a class for $75 dollars, much less afford to send them multiple times each year,” stated Sheriff Windham.

“This really is a blessing to our office. Thank you, Steel Building Supply for your support of the Sheriff’s Office. We greatly appreciate you.”

(Pictured left to right: Chief Deputy Ruth Gonzales, Magon Teske, and Captain Tanner Peace)

NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL SET FOR ACTIVATION IN SHELBY COUNTY

 

 

NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL SET FOR ACTIVATION IN SHELBY COUNTY

 

 

June 27, 2022

LUFKIN – A new traffic signal is scheduled to become functional later this week on US 96 in Shelby County.

The signal, located on US 96 at Foster Road in Center, is scheduled to be activated Thursday, weather permitting. Message boards have been placed indicating the new signal for motorists to observe as they approach the intersection.

The project was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission in August 2021 following a traffic study that was performed in May 2020. Traf-Tex, Inc., Houston TX, has served as contractor for the $200,000 construction project. The project was funded by TxDOT’s Road to Zero program, which is part of the End The Streak safety initiative.

As this signal is activated, motorists are urged to stay alert to signage and other vehicles in the area. Reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Fines are enforceable once the signal is activated.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Its Year # 2 for Battle of the Badges, a Community wide Blood Drive. Center Police Department vs Shelby County Sheriffs Office. Come Save Lives, and Support your local Law Enforcement! The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be set up Inside the Center Community House, and will be set for regular whole blood or Automation(plasma, platelets) Every successful donor will receive a Beach Towel. Every attempted donor will be entered into a raffle for cool door prizes! In addition to the Blood Drive, there will be BE BLESSED BBQ Food Truck and MAMA ROSE ITALIAN ICE set up outside. Even if you cannot donate, come by and show us your support, and fill your bellies.
To schedule a donation time, please go to WWW.GIVEBLOOD.ORG Or contact Amy Lindley 598-2450 (Center Police Dept) or Leah Chase 598-5600(Shelby County SO)

You can use this link to sign up. https://www.commitforlife.org/.../drive_schedule/342100  or use the quick QR code 

 

Door Prizes:  Rolling cooler,  Folding Camp Chair,  Big Fuzzy Blanket, Umbrella, Beach Towel, RIO Movie Tickets, Moodyville Gift Card,  Candles, Classic Nail Gift Card, Coffee Cups

 

Joaquin ISD Substitute Orientation and Training

Substituting at Joaquin ISD 

In order to substitute in any capacity for Joaquin ISD as well as any school district in the state of Texas, substitutes are required by law to be fingerprinted through the state designated vendor enabling the district to conduct a criminal history background check.  There is a fee of approximately $50.00 that is your responsibility.  Joaquin ISD will take information from your application and submit it to the Texas Education Agency. A “Fastpass” will be issued and sent to you with fingerprinting instructions. You must be fingerprinted before you can be added to the substitute list. 

Candidates must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.  Retired teachers are encouraged to apply.

In addition to the fingerprint requirement, you will also be required to attend a Joaquin ISD substitute training. This training is held at various times during the month. Please call Donna Vergo at (936) 269-3128 ext. 225 for a training date.   

A substitute teacher’s service is an important contribution to our school system as well as to the development of the boys and girls in whom all educators are so vitally interested. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students of Joaquin ISD, thank you for your interest in substituting at Joaquin ISD.


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936-269-3128 ext 225

Chatter from the Chamber

Ribbon Cuttings Coming Soon!!

Please mark your calendars for these events and come out and show your support!

 

First up is Sunshine Store #2 (Texaco) on Columbia next to the Dollar General.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be Tomorrow, June 28th at noon.

There will be FREE taco tasting too!????

 

 

 

Then we will have the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the newly opened City Smoke and Vape Shop beside Watts and Watts BBQ.  The Ribbon Cutting is to be held on July 1st at 10:30 am.  They will have Grand Opening sale items.

 

 

Next up will be The Cutting Corner.

Tuesday, July 5th will be the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening!

Refreshments will be served!

 

 

????Please be sure to come out and support our new business members!????

 

 

 

Blood Drive on July 11th please call 936-275-3610 for an appointment your donations are truly needed!  Please donate if you can.

Bee Meeting

The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Tuesday July 5th at 6:30PM. We meet every 1st Monday of the month at 6:30PM at the Sabine County Chamber of Commerce, on the square, downtown Hemphill. We welcome the public to come out and join us. We have no dues, or officers. This is for anyone interested in becoming a new beekeeper or an already experienced beekeeper. For more info, call James at (409)625-4787.    

Center Independent School District  The Board of Trustees  Notice of Regular Meeting 

Center Independent School District 

The Board of Trustees 

Notice of Regular Meeting 

Thursday, June 16, 2022 

12:00 PM 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center Independent School District will be held on Thursday,  June 16, 2022 beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Board Room, 107 Private Road  605, Center, TX 75935. 

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken the same order as shown on this meeting notice. 

1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum 

2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance 

3. Public Comments/Audience Participation 

4. Review the Plan of Finance and Schedule of Events for the Sale of Bonds 

5. Consent Agenda 

1. Minutes 

2. Tax Office Report 

3. Monthly Financial Statement 

4. Payment Approval 

5. Investment Report 

6. Overnight Student Activity Trips 

7. Amendments to the Budget 

8. 2022-2023 Concussion Oversight Team and Concussion Management Protocols 9. Annual Review of Child Abuse and Neglect Policy - FFG (Local) 

10. Annual SHAC Report (2021-2022) 

6. Consideration and Approval of Resolution to Consider Designation as a District of Innovation  7. Consideration to Approve the Revised 2022-2023 Calendar 

8. Consideration and Approval to Authorize Administration to Solicit Proposals for Transportation  Fuel for the 2022-2023 School Year 

9. Consideration and Approval of Center Independent School District's Intent to Apply for ESSA  Consolidated Federal Grant 2022-2023 

10. Consideration and Approval of Center Independent School District's Intent to Apply for Special  Education Consolidated Grant (Federal and State) 2022-2023 

11. Consideration and Approval of Center Independent School District's Intent to Apply for Perkins  V: Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century and Institutions Grant 2022- 2023 

12. Consideration and Approval of Asphalt Bids for Center Middle School 

13. Consideration and Approval of Additional/Upgraded Cameras at CES, CHS, AEP and Roughrider  Academy 

14. Consideration and Approval of 2022-2023 Breakfast and Lunch Meal Prices 15. Discussion and Possible Action on Vape Sensors 

16. Discussion and Possible Action on Drug Testing for Students 

17. ESSER III Update 

18. Superintendent's Report 

1. ESSER III Update 

2. Bond Project and Budget 

3. Board Meeting Dates 

4. AEP and AEP Building Lease

19. Closed Session: District Employees and Officers: Texas Government Code §551.071, §551.072,  §551.074 and §551.129 

1. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel 

2. Employment of Personnel 

3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave 

4. Real Property 

5. Substitute Pay Rate 

6. 13th Check 

7. Stipends 

8. Employees 

20. Open Session: District Employees and Officers: Texas Government Code §551.071, §551.072,  §551.074 and §551.129 

1. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel 

2. Employment of Personnel 

3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave 

4. Real Property 

5. Substitute Pay Rate 

6. 13th Check 

7. Stipends 

8. Employees 

21. Adjournment 

If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting,  the Board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code,  Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f). Before any closed meeting  is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed  meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See BEC(LEGAL)]  

The notice for this meeting was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meeting Act on: 

Dr. Brian Morris, Superintendent Matthew Mettauer, Board of Trustees President

June Lunch and Learn

June Lunch and Learn


 

The Chamber of Commerce Health Care Committee is hosting the June Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, June 22nd   at noon at the AgriLife Extension Office.  Our guest speaker for June will be Tammy Hanson, RN, Site Director and Emergency Department Director for Nacogdoches Medical Center, Shelby Campus.

 

Tammy Hanson brings more than 28 years of clinical experience to the Emergency Department.  She has been the Director since the Emergency Department opened in December 2014.  In this role, she oversees the clinical excellence of Shelby Emergency Department and Outpatients Diagnostic Center.  Most recently, she was name as Tenet Top 5% of Leaders.

 

Tammy was born and raised in Shelby County, Texas where she and her husband raised their two children and continue to live and work.

 

Ms. Hanson has a personal motto:  “hard work does not go unnoticed.”  She strives each day in the organized chaotic world of emergency nursing to have a servant’s heart and lead her teams with passion, patience and dedication.  She strives to give back to the community that has given so much to her and her family.

 

At the Lunch and Learn, Tammy Hanson will be sharing information on summer health and safety.  She will also answer any questions regarding the Emergency Department and services offered.

 

The Lunch and Learns are open to everyone.  Lunch is provided.  Please RSVP to 598-7744 or to 598-3682.  For information contact the Chamber offices at 598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com

INVESTIGATION LEADS TO RECOVERY OF STOLEN MOTORCYCLE

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division initiated an investigation on June 8, 2022, that resulted in the recovery of a stolen motorcycle.

During the afternoon of June 8, Investigator Chad Hooper, Investigator Misty Ray, and Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood began patrolling a specific area between Tenaha and Joaquin looking for a vehicle that was believed to be involved in the burglary of a habitation. The investigators located the vehicle and identified possible suspects.

While most people were winding up from their daily activities and spending time with their families, Investigators Hooper and Ray diligently followed leads, and with the help of patrol deputy Aaron Jones and Constable Cheatwood, recovered the motorcycle less than 24-hours after it was stolen.

“This swift recovery proves that we are working theft cases and we take them seriously,” stated Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham. “Investigator Hooper and Investigator Ray were on this case from the moment it was reported and they did not stop until it was found. This is the third piece of property these two investigators have recovered and returned to the rightful owner in less than a weeks’ time. This right here shows their dedication to their jobs and this county.”

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office greatly extends our thanks to the public for their assistance in sharing our press release regarding this case over social media. Thank you, Constable Precinct 4 Taylor Fanguy for your assistance.

East Texas Horticultural Field Day set for June 30

 

Texas A&M AgriLife logo and address

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

East Texas Horticultural Field Day set for June 30

Public open house event features around 350 ornamental plant varieties

Media Inquiries to Laura Muntean, laura.muntean@ag.tamu.edu6012481891

Written by Adam Russell, 903-834-6191adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu

 

The 29th East Texas Horticultural Field Day will feature more than 350 ornamental plant trial varieties for public viewing on June 30 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton.

Cannas at the East Texas Horticultural Field Day.

Cannas are always a popular stop among the hundreds of ornamental varieties at the annual East Texas Horticultural Field Day. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Adam Russell)

The center headquarters is about 2 miles north of downtown Overton at 1710 Farm-to-Market Road 3053. For driving directions to the center or the East Farm trial site, go to https://flowers.tamu.edu/field-day/ or call 903-834-6191.

This year’s field day will allow in-person attendance from 8:30 a.m. to noon for a free, “open house-style” event, said Erin Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Research horticulture research associate, Overton.  

“We are looking forward to having visitors at the field trials and around the center,” she said. “The field day is a fun opportunity for gardeners or flower lovers to find inspiration and for us to show them the research we are doing.”

About the field day

The annual field day started in 1993 to showcase the ornamental trials for commercial seed companies, local nursery managers and gardening enthusiasts.

The field day will begin at the center’s Bruce McMillan Jr. East Farm, 2215 Texas Highway 135 E., 2 miles east of Overton from 8:30-11 a.m.

The entrance to the ornamental trial field is on County Road 133, just past the East Farm main entrance. There will be signs to guide visitors, Smith said.

Attendees can also visit the demonstration garden and view container plant trial selections at the Overton center until noon.

Ornamentals on display

A variety of shades of pink flowers at the East Texas Horticultural Field Day.

The East Texas Horticultural Field Day showcases hundreds of ornamental plant varieties in an open-house event. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Adam Russell)

Ornamental plant lovers can expect to see around 350 selections, including potential new releases, being tested under various trial conditions, Smith said. A wide array of petal and foliage colors and shapes will be on display.

Smith said large petunia, begonia, pentas, lantana, marguerite daisy and zinnia trials were planted this year. The trials include many plants from the Ball Flora Plant and Proven Winner programs.

There will also be selections of New Guinea impatiens that include varieties grown from vegetatively propagated lines and from seed for performance comparisons, Smith said. The center is also participating in the All-American Selection trials again this year, including a variety of in-ground and container selections.

Participants are encouraged to take a tour of the ornamental trials at the demonstration garden, which includes a variety of container selections, at the Overton Center after visiting the East Farm.

The container trial features heuchera potted in the spring of 2021 that have shown good vigor in their containers through the summer and winter seasons, Smith said.

“Our demonstration garden features perennials and allows us to observe plants for multiple seasons,” Smith said. “We have added a few more coneflower varieties this year, and our garden phlox trial is surprising us with its vigor.”

Charles Long, Ph.D., director of the AgriLife Center in Overton, said he is excited to invite the public to another field day event.

“We invite everyone to come enjoy the field trials that showcase the ornamental varieties and some of our work here in Overton,” Long said. “The field day is a good opportunity for folks to get out, see some amazing ornamental varieties and learn more about how they perform.”

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Joaquin JHHS Registration




 

Joaquin High School Registration

Students in grades 9 through 12 will pick up class schedules and registration paperwork.  This paperwork is due by the end of the 2nd week of school.

 

Tuesday, August 2nd 1:00-3:00PM 11th /12th grade

 

Wednesday, August 3rd 9:00AM-11:00AM 10th grade

1:00PM-3:00PM 9th grade



 

Joaquin Jr. High Registration

Students in sixth grade through eighth grade will pick up registration paperwork and they will make their elective choice. Please fill your elective sheet out and return before you leave that day. Junior High Schedules will be passed out the first day of school. 

 

Tuesday, August 2nd 9:00AM-11:00 AM 6th-8th grade




 

Joaquin JH/HS New Student Registration:

Students planning to attend Joaquin Junior High/High School in the fall will need to come register on the following date.

 

Wednesday, July 27th 9:00AM-11:00AM 6th-12th grade

1:00PM-3:00PM 6th-12th grade

SCSO SEEKING WHEREABOUTS OF STOLEN MOTORCYCLE

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft that occurred in the 3000 block of FM 2787 in Joaquin.

A 2021 KTM Duke 890 motorcycle was removed from the property sometime between 11 p.m. on June 7, 2022 and 6 a.m. on June 8, 2022. The motorcycle is orange and black in color, and has a split headlight in the front.

If you have any information regarding the theft of this motorcycle, please contact Investigator Chad Hooper at 936.572.0425 or 936.598.5601.

Moore's Turn Themselves In

Jimmy Moore and Wanta Moore turned themselves in to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, June 7, 2020. The Moore's were wanted by the SCSO for Prohibited Sexual Contact (F-3). The Moore's were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Donna Hughes, and both suspects received a $300,000 bond. The Moore's posted bond and were released the same day. 

 

Investigatioin Leads to Recovery of Stolen Property

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division initiated an investigation on May 2, 2022, that recently resulted in the recovery of stolen property.

Investigator Chad Hooper and Investigator Misty Ray recovered stolen property including an EXMARK zero turn mover and a trailer that were stolen from a property located on State Highway 7 West in Center. On Friday, June 3, 2022, the property was recovered from Portacool Park in Center.

The property has been returned to the owner.

“The determination and hard work these two investigators put into this case are what produced this recovery,” stated Sheriff Kevin W. Windham. “This is the exact outcome we hope for in every theft case we work.

(Pictured left to right: Investigator Chad Hooper, Jerry Russell – property owner, and Investigator Misty Ray)

Public Notice Tenaha ISD

PUBLIC NOTICE

TENAHA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Notice is hereby given that Tenaha Independent School District has issued the following Request for Proposals (RFP) and Invitations for Bids (IFB) on the following:

  • Four (4) New Houses

These items will be bid according to all applicable EDGAR provisions.  Bid specifications can be obtained from Don Fallin, Superintendent, Tenaha ISD at 138 College Street, Tenaha, Texas, 75974; Phone: 936-248-5000 ext.  201 and on the district’s website; www.tenahaisd.com

Sealed bids will be received at the Administration Office at Tenaha ISD until 4 pm CST on Monday, June 20, 2022.  Bids will be opened on June 20, 2022, and reviewed at the Regular Board Meeting.  Bids will be awarded at the board meeting at 5:30 pm in the Administrative Boardroom.

Please indicate on the outside of the envelope the type of bid you are submitting.  Tenaha ISD reserves the right to reject any or all bids. 

Lydia MBC Church Revival

REVIVAL 

Lydia Missionary Baptist Church Huxley, TX 

JUNE 12-16 

7pm Monday-Thursday  

With 

Pastor Caleb Silvertooth 

14998 Fm 139  

Shelbyville, TX 75973 

936-368-2462

Statement from Sheriff Windham

Upon taking the oath as your Sheriff, I made a promise to be transparent to the citizens of Shelby County and have an open door policy. I strongly feel that the public has a right to know what is going on with this office and this is not something that will change.

During a recent Commissioner’s Court meeting, several statements were made about the Sheriff’s Office that I feel need to be clarified. The article was published on Shelby County Today (SCTTX.COM), dated May 31, 2022 and titled: SC Commissioners allow Constable to maintain use of bulletproof vest, add reserve officer.  

While I understand that everyone has a right to state their concerns, I can only accept responsibility for the actions that I have had control of since taking office January 1, 2021. Being Sheriff is not an easy task and I quickly learned that it is impossible to make everyone happy and keep everyone satisfied. I feel that if an article is going to be published, both sides deserve the right for clarification.

March 1, 2021, the City of Timpson made the decision to close their police department. As a result of their closure (effective March 4, 2021), the City of Timpson donated a patrol vehicle to the sheriff’s office and the county purchased an additional vehicle from the City of Timpson for $35,000. From January 1, 2021 to March 3, 2021, 98 calls for service came through the sheriff’s office for assistance in Timpson. From March 4, 2021 to the present date, 829 calls for service came through the sheriff’s office for assistance in Timpson area and Precinct 5.

In 2021 during a budget meeting, I asked the commissioners for permission to hire an additional three deputies, we were granted one additional deputy. The position was filled in October 2021. While we were VERY grateful to add another officer to patrol, this did not even touch the need.

In the meeting, the statement was made, “That’s the reason we hired them another deputy and they assured us when the mayor was here to help donate the car, and stuff like that, they would pick up and step up and do more and they’re not doing it.”

From the time Timpson Police Department closed to the time we actually put the additional deputy on patrol was seven months. Prior to adding the deputy, and to the present time, yes, we have stepped up. Yes, we are doing more and we will continue to do all that we can. We have never refused a call and we never will.

In the meeting, Constable Tipton stated that 75% of the calls in Precinct 5 come through his office. While the sheriff’s office has no idea of the personal calls that go directly to Constable Tipton, we do for a fact know that multiple times, on a daily basis, the sheriff’s office is contacted directly for assistance in Timpson. We log every single call that comes in to our office. This is public information.

In the meeting, the comment was made,” We may need to have a sit down with the Sheriff and we may need to hire another deputy or two, have somebody that serves their community, not goes up there once or twice a week.”

 Our call logs clearly reflect that we have deputies in Timpson more than once or twice a week. Again, in the budget meeting, I asked for three deputies. We were granted one. The reason I asked for three is simple: there is a NEED. At the minimum, a total of three deputies would allow us to always have two deputies on duty at all times. Three additional deputies can’t even begin to cover the need for additional manpower, but it would be better that what we have now. We cannot work with more than what we have. This has to be understood. If a deputy is sick, or has requested time off – we have to bring another deputy in to cover the shift. This creates overtime. Overtime causes a major problem as it is pulling more money from our already strained budget. To avoid overtime, we often shuffle the schedule around, and have deputies work split shifts. Even by doing this, at some point during the night, that deputy goes off duty leaving  ONE deputy on patrol. ONE. One deputy trying to cover approximately 850 square miles- this is impossible. I will continue to ask for more deputies because there is a need.

Shelby County resident Robin Connell was in attendance at the meeting. Connell is a business owner in Timpson and Joaquin , as well as a resident of Precinct 4. Connell made the statement, “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called the Sheriff’s Department and this is what I’m told, ‘we don’t have anybody on duty right now, we don’t have anybody we can send, the only people we have on duty are down in Possum Trot.” Connell added, “Emergencies aren’t Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. That’s not when you call and you’re scared to death of what’s going on, that’s not when it happens. We had the luxury of having a city police department and I say that in all sincerity we had the luxury of having one, that’s gone. If you call the Sheriff’s Department Monday morning at 9 a.m., you’ll have a whole army show up, but Thursday at 12:15 a.m. it would be a different situation.”

I can only take responsibility for the actions of this office since January 1, 2021. Since I became Sheriff, we have always had a deputy on duty. Our call logs reflect that since January 1, 2021, Ms. Connell, and/or her store associates have called the sheriff’s office for assistance 10 times. Every single time they requested assistance, a deputy showed up. We cannot control the location or time of crime. Obviously, during the day, we have more manpower available. All of our investigators are in the office, as well as Chief Deputy Ruth Gonzales, Captain Tanner Peace, and me. This is not to say that if/when a situation arises at night that no one will respond. We will respond, and we will respond every single time. There just may not be as many of us and depending on where the deputy(s) are in the county will depend on our response time. For instance, if we have a deputy on a call in the southern most part of the county, and an additional call comes in on the most northern part of the county, the response time is going to be right at an hour. Mind you that this is the deputy doing their best to get there as quickly and safely as possible; and that is only if he is able to leave immediately from the call he is on.

At times situations arise and we have two deputies tied up on a call and both are unable to leave. We use every resource available to respond as quickly to the call. This includes reaching out to constables in the surrounding precincts, as well as our on call investigator. Calls are never and will never be turned down under my administration. It has to be understood that our hands are often tied because of lack of deputies.

We are doing our best to manage from where we are, not where we wish we were. Unfortunately, unlimited resources are not provided to us. As I have previously stated, we are going to be transparent to the people of our county.  My door here at the office has been and will remain open for any help, questions, or comments. Continuing to build community relations between our office and the people of Shelby County is one priority we will refuse to let wither. I am your Sheriff. One thing I can always promise you is that every decision that I, or my administration makes, will always be in the best interest of this county.   

Sheriff Kevin W. Windham

Wild Horse Adoption

A wild horse adoption will be at the Shelby County Fairgrounds (980 State Highway 7), June 10-11! The event will feature 120 wild horses, fees start at $125. The adoption opens on Friday, June 10, at 10 am. https://www.blm.gov/whb or check out the Wild Horse & Burro Program on Facebook. 

 

Congrats to Ava Silva

On Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25, Shelbyville High School student Ava Silva competed in the U.I.L. state speech tournament in extemporaneous informative speaking in Austin, Texas. According to the U.I.L. handbook, “The purpose of this contest is to stimulate an active interest in current affairs at the state, national and international levels, and to teach the student to present facts extemporaneously in a clear and impartial manner. This contest is an exercise in clear thinking and informing the public on the issues and concerns of the American people. The objective is to orally present information in an interesting way.” Ava Silva was awarded the title of state champion for her speech presentation over Sweden and Finland joining NATO. Shelbyville Speech and Debate was also awarded the prestigious honor of being the second highest ranked speech team in the state of Texas. This is Ava’s third state medal this school year and first time to be awarded champion. She has also placed 3rd in cross-examination debate with her partner Aubree Camp and 3rd in congress. She is coached by her mother, Emily Sowell.

 

 

ASHTON RANDLE: THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE CONTINUES

 

 

Friday, May 20th, 2022, marked the 10-year anniversary of the murder of Ashton Deon Randle. It was on a Sunday, May 20, 2012 at approximately 6:40 P.M, in which Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a wooded area off of Forest Service Road 197 in Shelbyville, Texas, just south of Strong Cemetery on FM 139. A body was discovered by two individuals who were out riding on a 4-wheeler.  The body was identified as Ashton Deon Randle, 24 years of age. An autopsy determined that Ashton Randle had been fatally shot. 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office initiated a homicide investigation, and the investigation has continued since with various leads and collection of additional evidence. 

The pursuit of justice continues. 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Division is committed to the pursuit of justice, not just for the victims, but also for the victim’s family who are left behind. Despite the passing of 10 years, Ashton’s untimely death has not been forgotten, nor will his family and friends who are left behind looking for answers and much needed closure. There is no statute of limitations for homicide in the State of Texas. 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information that will lead to further evidence in this case and/or further information that will assist in securing a conviction for the suspect(s) involved, so justice can be served and bring the much-needed closure for the victim’s families. 

You are encouraged to contact SCSO Cold Case Lieutenant Investigator DJ Dickerson at (936) 572-0255 or you can submit a tip anonymously on our website by clicking or going to the following link: https://www.scsotx.org/murder-of-ashton-deon-randle/. Any information will be greatly appreciated, not only by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, but especially to the victim’s family. 

Heritage Days

First Responders Appreciation Lunch Presented by Badders Law Firm

First Responders Appreciation Lunch

Presented by Badders Law Firm

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Center Independent School District hosted an Appreciation Lunch for First Responders, presented by Badders Law Firm on Friday, May 20th. Pete Low cooked a delicious barbeque meal.  

First responders including police officers, department of public safety officers, constables, Sheriff Deputies, firemen, medics, Game Wardens and law enforcement officials were the honored guests. 

Public servants and peace officers carry a responsibility for maintaining order, enforcing the law and protecting the lives and property of our citizens.   Often, service involves personal sacrifices and even personal danger.  The appreciation lunch recognizes the contribution law enforcement makes to the community. 

Thank you to all our Generous Sponsors.  Presenting Sponsor was Badders Law Firm. Gold Sponsors were Focused Care of Center, Spartan Structures and Specter Inc. Silver Sponsors were Baldwin Tree Service, Farmers State Bank, H&R Block, McWilliams and Son and Ray Jones Chevrolet.  Table Sponsors were: American State Bank, Aurora Concepts, C&J A/C & Electrical, East Texas Towing & Storage, Hope Community Medicine, Hospice Plus, Mathews Realty, Shelby County Today, Shelby Insurance Agency, Shelby Savings Bank, Southern Lemonade, Viatrace Fertilizer and Wright Dodge.  Thank you to Chicken Express for donating all the tea.

Thank you to everyone to helped, especially the Center ISD Maintenance Staff.

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