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Border Closed to Public

The City Of Joaquin has been notified by Texas Department of Public Safety that the border at Joaquin/ Logansport bridge will be closed  this morning at 8:00 am. Only essential personnel will be allowed through along with commercial vehicles. Access to the boat ramp on Texas side will not be available at this time.

Mayor William Baker


U.S. Attorney and IRS Advise Caution Regarding IRS Economic Impact Payments



SHERMAN, TX – The Internal Revenue Service will begin making COVID-19 economic impact payments in a matter of weeks. For most Americans, this will be a direct deposit into your bank account.  For the unbanked, elderly or other groups who have traditionally received tax refunds via paper check, they will receive their check in this same manner. 


United States Attorney Joseph D. Brown and IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Tamera Cantu want to warn local Texans that criminals are well-aware of these payments and will be actively attempting to steal these funds when they are most needed. Unsolicited phone calls, emails, text messages or other communications pretending to be from the IRS are likely a scam.  

“We want the public to be very careful as these checks and payments go out,” said United States Attorney Joe Brown.  “We want these funds to be used for the right purposes.  People need to use healthy skepticism about any contact they receive that deals with the payments they will soon be receiving.”


IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Tamera Cantu of the Dallas Field Office offers the following information and tips to spot a scam and how citizens can report fraudulent activities:

The IRS will NOT call and ask you to verify your payment details. Do NOT give your bank account, debit account, or PayPal account information to anyone - even if someone claims it's necessary to get your check. It's a scam.

If you receive a call, do NOT engage with scammers, even if you want to tell them that you know it's a scam. Just hang up.

If you receive texts or emails claiming that you can get your money faster by sending personal identifying information or clicking on links, delete these texts and emails. Do NOT click on any links in those texts or emails.

If you receive a “check” for an odd amount (especially one with cents), or a check that requires you to verify the check online or by calling a number, it’s a scam.

Remember, scammers change tactics.  Callers can be aggressive and threatening.  Do not be bullied into disclosing information or in making any payment.

You can get the most up-to-date information directly from the IRS at
Residents of Eastern Texas can contact the local IRS-CI field office with violations and suspected fraud at

Special Agent in Charge Cantu warns the public, “As the agency responsible for issuing economic impact payments, the IRS unfortunately expects some bad actors to execute fraud schemes in an attempt to take advantage of the situation.  IRS-CI will work diligently with the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Texas, and all of our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle any fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is the time for every American to be vigilant in this fight against criminals and safeguard your personal and other privileged information.”


To report suspected fraud, please contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud by calling 866-720-5721 or sending an email to



Timpson Bear Update


Bear Update

April 4, 2020


We at Timpson ISD regretfully announce that we must cease and suspend providing meals and packet pickup effective immediately due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our county and surrounding areas and reports of its risk in other locations. It is imperative that we protect our children, parents and employees. We must ALL stay home to prevent the potential spread of this virus.




Tenaha ISD Covid-19 Alert April 4, 2020



To all Stakeholders in Tenaha ISD,

In light of the seemingly fast outbreak of feared positive cases of Covid-19 in Shelby County, all Tenaha ISD services will be shut down for a period of time. That means:


1) All meal service at the school will immediately be suspended. For families that have truly dire needs, please email Terry Bowlin at and she will make arrangements to help everyone we can.

2) Instructional packets should be continued to be worked on. We will be monitoring the situation in real time and will put information out about renewal or pick-up of new packets in the future.

But, for the time being, TISD is shut down. Our hope is to revisit the situation going into Easter Weekend and hopefully have good news to report.


A very special thanks goes out to everyone doing their very best to take care of our kids during this difficult time. Just remember, a time apart now will ensure that we get to be back together sooner.

Scott Tyner


Tenaha Independent School District 



Shelbyville ISD Update



Due to recent developments in Covid-19 in Shelby County, Shelbyville ISD will no longer be providing meals through our Food Service Department as of Monday, April 6. We feel this is the best decision for our employees and community at this time. Please be safe and stay home if possible.




COVID-19 Update More Cases



CISD has been notified that one of our employees and a student has tested positive for COVID-19. Both individuals have been in self-quarantine for the last 8 days. The Department of Health and CISD are in the process of notifying those individuals with whom they came in contact with earlier. We believe, at this point, that contact was limited prior to the employee experiencing any symptoms. Our thoughts and prayers are with these individuals and their family.


Based on this current information, INSTRUCTIONAL PICKUP SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR ALL CAMPUSES. Also, curbside meals at CHS and CMS have been suspended until further notice.


These decisions are made in the best interest of CISD, the city of Center, and Shelby County.



Arnie Kelley

Interim Superintendent
Center ISD


San Augustine City Meeting






Panola College named Rodeo of the Year





The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association announced on Thursday, April 2, that Panola College was named as the Southern Region Rodeo of the Year.


“The season ended short, unfortunately, for Panola,” said Coach Jeff Collins. “We are taking two athletes to the college national finals rodeo – Logan Cook in the saddle bronc riding, and Clayton Lowry in team roping.”


Collins said being named Rodeo of the Year for the Southern Region is quite an honor. “It was voted on by all the NIRA students. Our team did an outstanding job of putting on the rodeo in September, and I am very proud of them for that, and for all their actions this season. I expect great things for next year,” he said.


NIRA Southern Region Rodeo had to cancel the final two rodeos of the season as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Standings for the year will be based on the Texas A&M Rodeo held earlier in the spring.




Panola College 2019-2020 Rodeo Team roster includes Cole Bailey, Marshall; Mckynzie Bush, Center; Trace Clark, Center; Michael Mathis Coley, Ringgold, Ga.; Logan Cook, Alto; Madison Davis, Carthage; Maison Davis, Kilgore; Skylar Dawson, Beckville; Michael Deshotels, Cleveland; Peter Fager, Peculiar, Mo.; Bradford Fisher, Liberty; Hannah Goings, Arlington, Ga.; Garrett Golliher, Stoutland, Mo.; Jadyn Gould, Lufkin; Evan Green, Lufkin; Blake Griffin, Center; Isaac Ingram, Basile, La.; Clayton Lowry, Wills Point; Katherine Mackenzie, Grand Prairie; Mackenzie Moore, Camdenton, Mo.; Abbie Muckelroy, Center; Macon Murphy, Keatchie, La.; Rowdy Murray, Marietta; Chance Pruitt, Jasper, Ark.; Emily Ramsey, Marshall; Chase Runfola, Gainesville, N.Y.; Seth Rustin, Nacogdoches; J.D. Spivey, Haslet; Tanzi Stafford, Gonzales; Abbie Suggs, Kirbyville; Daylon Swearingen, Piffard, N.Y.; Kalie Vaughn, Center; Rylee Vines, Lufkin; Samuel Wigans, Goldfield, Iowa; and Michael Womack, Bastrop, La.


Shelby County Outreach Ministries Seeking Donations



Shelby County Outreach Ministries is striving to serve our community during this difficult time.  We have had to make some changes to our programs due to the safety of our employees and clients.  We are still distributing emergency food boxes to our clients by drive-thru only from 10-2 each Friday.  Please stay in your vehicle and have your trunk open to place the food box inside. We will no longer be placing food boxes in the cab of your vehicle to ensure safety.  Please help us continue to help others. 


If you would like to make a monetary donation, send to:

Shelby County Outreach Ministries

P.O. Box 1029

Center, TX 75935




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 8th day of April, 2020 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 March 4, 2020 Special meeting, March 11, 2020 Regular meeting, March 18, 2020 Special meeting, March 25, 2020 Special meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.

2.    Approve and pay weekly expenses.

3.    Approve Officers Report.

4.    Public Comments on Agenda item.

5.    Discuss and possibly approve connecting the SO phones and internet to fiber. 

6.    Adjourn.




Shelby County COVID-19





On behalf of the Shelby County Office of Emergency Management & County Judge Alison Harbison, we are providing an update on the COVID-19 Pandemic as it relates to our county.

It was reported yesterday evening that we have 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County.  One more case has been reported to us by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) bringing our current total to 9.


I would like to explain further the process of this reporting. We have been inundated with calls and messages from concerned citizens wanting to know the names of individuals that have been confirmed.  DSHS contacts the County Emergency Management Coordinator and informs her of any and all new cases.  Because of strict HIPPA laws and strict DSHS confidentiality policies the names of the individuals are not given out by DSHS to anyone, not to me, not to the Emergency Management Coordinator.


Once an individual is given a COVID- 19 positive test result, DSHS launches a case investigation on them.  The individual is asked who they have been in close contact with and those individuals are then contacted by DSHS and are asked questions and based on their answers they are given instructions on self-care and isolating themselves or given information or a referral to their primary care physician for testing. Focusing on “who & where” at this point is useless .That is not to say those individuals testing positive can’t tell whoever they please about their diagnosis.

The names and locations of the individuals is not relevant. What is relevant is that there are 9 confirmed cases in our county at this time and only one of  those cases is thought to be travel related (according to DSHS investigations) meaning the other 8 are community spread…meaning the virus is here in Shelby County & could be being spread anywhere. That is the reason a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order was enacted on Monday March ,30th.  At this point, the best advice I can give is pretend you have COVID-19 and pretend everyone you come in contact with has it and please remember, this should not be a “witch hunt”.


I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all your concerted efforts in your attempts to help alleviate the spread of coronavirus in our community and sincerely ask that “you” continue to look after “you” and “you” take care of “you” by 

•    following the “Stay at Home, Stay Safe” order, 
•    practicing social distancing, 
•    washing hands thoroughly and frequently, or using hand sanitizer
•    try to avoid touching your face
•    cleaning surfaces frequently
•    staying home  if you’re ill 


Let’s keep in mind that we are all in this together and we will all get through this together. Please, stay home as much as humanly possible and stay safe.



Stay at Home, Slow the Spread of COVID-19






Toledo Automotive Supply New Coronavirus Protection Measures




Due to the Coronavirus pandemic going on in our country NAPA Toledo Automotive Supply located at 808 Hurst St. in Center, Texas will have curbside and delivery services only you can call ahead or call when entering the parking area. Their phone number is 936-598-2746, their hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.






Coronavirus Hours For Shelby County Outreach



Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closing ALL programs for the week of April 6th – April 10th with the exception of the Helping Hands Outreach Center.  Helping Hands will be open only on Friday, April 10th from 10-2 in order to provide assistance.  The senior citizens that are currently being served through our senior programs have received extra meals that will cover them through the next 2 weeks.  


They will also receive calls to confirm that they are safe, and all is going well. 

If you are scheduled to receive an emergency food box for the last week of March or the second week of April, please come to the Helping Hands Outreach Center on Friday, April 10th to receive it between the hours of 10-2.  Our lobby is closed to the public.  Food Boxes are distributed by Drive-Thru ONLY.  Please be prepared to open your trunk of the car and stay in your vehicle.  For information, please call us at 936-598-4990.  Thank you. 




San Augustine County One Dead From Coronavirus



According to the Angelina County Health District, one of the four people suffering from coronavirus in San Augustine County has died.






Shelby County Offices to Close to Public





In efforts to help slow the COVID-19 outbreak. We are announcing a temporary closure to the public We will have staff in the offices to answer the phones and any questions that you may have.  We apologize for any inconvenience but the safety of our staff and our county residents, are a main concern at this point.


Each Elected Official has the discretion for their office and may set additional guidelines such as setting up appointments.


Attention Center Walmart Shoppers:


Message from the Center Walmart:


Pharmacy Curbside Pickup is officially available at our facility. We will be installing new aluminum signs soon (similar to our Online Grocery Pickup). We will have 4 total parking spots designated.

Until the signs are installed, you can contact our pharmacy and park in between the General Merchandise entrance and Garden Center entrance and they will be out to serve you.





Hope Community Medicine to Serve as a Testing Site









Mayor John H. Mayweather has issued a curfew for all Mansfield residents effective immediately until further notice. The curfew restricts activity between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. within the city limits. This curfew does not apply to first responders, essential work-related or emergency medical needs.


John H. Mayweather
City of Mansfield



More Cases of Coronavirus in Nacogdoches



Another 2 positive cases confirmed by DSHS for Nacogdoches county.

Don't let yourself become numb to the numbers. Or complacent about social distancing. Your actions matter and make a difference.





Governor Abbott Announces Federal Stimulus Package To Help Texans Affected By COVID-19



Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement regarding the recently passed $2 trillion federal stimulus package intended to relieve the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a special focus on unemployed workers and the state's hardest-hit businesses.


"We appreciate the speedy passage of this stimulus package designed to provide much-needed relief for hardworking Texas families who have been economically impacted by COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "While the state of Texas continues to take action to protect public health, we are also committed to working with our federal partners to ensure Texans have the financial relief they need during this time."


Workers are the main beneficiaries of the stimulus dollars, whether their situation consists of reduced hours, furlough, or termination related to COVID-19. Self-employed Texans whose businesses have failed under the stress of the global pandemic may also be eligible as well.

A newly created Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) fund is the bill's primary vehicle, empowering states to extend federally-funded unemployment benefits by an additional 13 weeks (past the usual 26 weeks). The fund also boost weekly benefits for those laid off, terminated or furloughed due to COVID-19 by $600 per week.


The measures also reduces paperwork and speeds the claims process by empowering employers to file one mass claim on behalf of all their employees laid off because of COVID-19. It also eliminates any chargeback to Texas employers for claims filed due to COVID-19.


Much like disaster unemployment assistance seen in past weather-related disasters, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may be available for displaced workers not normally eligible for regular or extended benefits. Workers whose hours have been reduced due to the COVID-19 slowdown may qualify for Work Share, a federal Short-Term Compensation program.


Employees whose work has been impacted by COVID-19, whether by a reduction in hours or a loss of their job, are encouraged apply for unemployment benefits online or call 1-800-939-6631. Employers can also utilize online filing for mass claims they file on behalf of employee groups laid off due to COVID-19.


Governor Abbott, TDHCA Take Initial Action To Secure Financial Housing Assistance



Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) have taken initial action to provide tenant-based rental assistance for Texans experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The Governor has waived statutes relating to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOME Investments Partnership program which would allow Texas greater flexibility to use program funds to help certain Texans pay their rent. In addition, TDHCA has sent a letter to HUD requesting federal waivers to allow greater flexibility to Texas to reprogram these funds for that purpose. If these waivers are granted, Texas will reprogram these funds to provide financial housing assistance to certain Texans enduring economic hardships related to COVID-19.


"The State of Texas is committed to supporting Texans who are enduring significant economic hardship due to the spread of COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "Suspending these state statutes is a crucial first step to help many Texans receive the financial assistance they need to pay their rent, and I urge HUD to grant the federal waiver requests."




Governor Abbott Releases Video Message To Texans As Latest Executive Order Goes Into Effect



Governor Greg Abbott released a video with a statewide message to all Texans as his Executive Order goes into effect requiring all Texans to stay home unless they are participating in an essential service or activity. A list of essential services and activities as defined under the Executive Order can be found here. The Executive Order goes into effect at 12:01 AM, April 2nd.




Governor Abbott Suspends Regulations To Increase EMS, First Responder Workforce



Governor Greg Abbott today suspended regulations to increase the amount of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers and first responders in Texas during the state's response to COVID-19. Under the Governor's direction, local medical directors for licensed EMS providers can permit individuals who are qualified, though not formally certified, to provide critical emergency response services for patients treated and transported by the EMS provider.


The Governor has also suspended certain skills testing requirements for EMS personnel in Texas and for out of state Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians seeking reciprocity in Texas so that these individuals who are qualified, but currently unable to take the skills test, are able to provide essential EMS services. Additionally, Governor Abbott has also suspended regulations to allow first responder organizations to delay submission on their renewal application and completion requirements for licensure.


"Our EMS providers and first responders play a critical role in the front-line fight against COVID-19, and these waivers remove barriers that could otherwise prevent a much-needed availability of essential EMS workers and first responders in our communities," said Governor Abbott. "The State of Texas is committed to supporting the EMS and first responder workforce and maximizing the number of available response services for Texans." 


Shelby County Update 4 More Cases



We have been informed by The Department of State Health Services of 4 more positive confirmations of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County. This brings the current total case count to 8 for our county.


Kerri Shofner
Shelby County EMC
200 San Augustine St
Center, TX 75935






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